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UK fines Facebook half million pounds over data breach

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Facebook for failing to protect the personal information of at least one million users in the country between 2007 and 2014.

The regulator said on Thursday that it has issued a 500,000 pound ($646,315) fine, the maximum allowed under laws which applied at the time. This was part of a wide-ranging investigation into the use of data analytics for political purposes, the ICO was cited as saying by Efe news.

Between 2007 and 2014, Facebook processed the personal information of users unfairly by allowing application developers access to their information without sufficiently clear and informed consent, the ICO said.

The probe also found that Facebook failed to keep users’ personal information secure.

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Even after the misuse of data was discovered in December 2015, Facebook failed to do enough to ensure those who continued to hold the information had taken remedies, including deletion, according to the regulator.

In the case of the SCL Group, the parent company of Cambridge Analytica — which was involved in political campaigning in the US — Facebook didn’t suspend the company from its platform until 2018, the ICO said.

Facebook now allows users to add songs to photos, videos

Offering its over two billion monthly users new ways to express themselves, Facebook has introduced new music features, including an option to add a song to photos and videos they share to Facebook Stories.

“And, we’re bringing it to News Feed, too!,” Facebook said in a statement on Wednesday, adding that users would soon be able to add songs to their Profile as well.

Adding a song to a photo or video on Facebook works, in the same way, the feature functions on Instagram.

Just take a photo or video, tap on the sticker icon and select the music sticker. Once you find the song of your choice, you can pick the perfect part to share and add the sticker with the artist and song name.

Users can move the sticker around and add other stickers and effects to customise their story.

Facebook said it was also rolling out “Lip Sync Live”, a feature Facebook introduced in June to let users lip sync to songs, to all profiles in many countries around the world.

“We are also opening up the feature to more artists and creators by expanding to Pages, giving them more ways to connect with their fans,” said Facebook’s Fred Beteille, Head of Product, Music and Rights, and Tamara Hrivnak, Head of Music Business Development and Partnerships.

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