Google facing legal action in EVERY EU country over "data goldmine" collected about users

Google facing fines in EVERY EU country as Information Commissioner launches probe into search giant's privacy policy Possibility of imposing fines or restrictions on operations across the entire 27-country European UnionBritain's Information commissioner launches formal investigation Comes as Google's privacy director, Alma Whitten, steps down PUBLISHED: 14:56 GMT, 2 April 2013 | UPDATED: 15:25 GMT, 2 April 2013 Google is facing legal action across Europe as regulators try and force the company to overhaul practices they say let it create a data goldmine at the expense of unwitting users. Led by the French, organizations in Britain, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain and Italy agreed today on the joint action, with the ultimate possibility of imposing fines or restrictions on operations across the entire 27-country European Union. Last year the company merged 60 separate privacy policies from around the world into one universal procedure

Global internet slowdown after biggest cyber-attack in history

Millions hit by global internet slowdown after biggest cyber-attack in historySpamHaus group under attack from cyber-vandals in GenevaBut other unconnected sites across the world have been caught in attackNow, emails have slowed down as a result, expert claims PUBLISHED: 15:19 GMT, 27 March 2013 | UPDATED: 17:53 GMT, 27 March 2013 Internet traffic around the world has suffered a slowdown in the biggest ever cyber-attack of its kind.

Drug dealers" ebay selling ecstasy and HEROIN doubles its sales to 1MILLION a month… and the police are powerless to ban it

Drug dealers' ebay selling ecstasy and HEROIN doubles its sales to 1MILLION a month… and the police are powerless to ban it The 'Silk Road' website is known as the eBay of the drugs worldIt allows people to find the best price for their drugs and also rate the sellers Drugs are sent inside packages and then innocently delivered by post The site has increased in popularity and now makes 1million a month Australian dealer became first 'Silk Road' dealer to be convicted in February will be officially published later this year. It shows that sales on the site doubled over a six-month period in 2012 reaching $1.7million sales – the equivalent of 1million – every single month

Is this the funniest advert of the year? Shetland pony moonwalking to Fleetwood Mac becomes internet smash

Is this the funniest advert of the year Shetland pony moon-walking to Fleetwood Mac becomes internet smash Dancing Shetland pony has racked up millions of YouTube hits Ad for mobile network 3 described as 'best thing ever' by fans By Kerry Mcdermott PUBLISHED: 02:29 GMT, 6 March 2013 | UPDATED: 03:55 GMT, 6 March 2013 With further cuts expected in the imminent budget as the government's austerity programme rolls on, Britain is a nation in need of something to bring a smile to its face. And it seems a Shetland pony moon-walking to the strains of a catchy '80s pop tune could be just the thing.

Judge blames 15-year-old boy"s internet porn obsession for his rape of girl, 14, in a heinous attack

Judge blames 15-year-old boy's internet porn obsession for his rape of girl, 14, in a 'heinous' attack Girl, 14, was bound, gagged and tied to a chair by two teenage attackers Older boy, then 15, had spent days trawling internet porn sitesInterest in sexual matters was 'heightened', said judge 'Terrified' victim stripped and threatened with knife at house in HartlepoolOnly she could know 'full horror' of her ordeal, judge saidVictim left 'emotionally and psychologically damaged' by attack By Eleanor Harding and Daniel Martin PUBLISHED: 14:07 GMT, 27 February 2013 | UPDATED: 01:53 GMT, 28 February 2013 A distraught father has demanded ministers take action after his teenage daughter was raped by a boy obsessed with hardcore online porn. The schoolgirl, who was 14 at the time, was bound, gagged, beaten up and raped by the 15-year-old as he tried to re-enact sadistic scenes he had viewed on the internet

Cat with eyebrows "Sam" becomes a worldwide Instagram hit

This is bound to raise a few eyebrows! Meet Sam the cat whose funny black hair has made him an internet hitSam the cat has only one expression thanks to his 'eyebrows' – worried His good humoured owner has posted 50 pictures of him online which have earned him worldwide internet fame also saw plans for the world's first Internet Cat Video Film Festival, which featured home videos of cats doing 'adorable activities.'

China forces every internet browser to register their real name in new free speech crackdown

China forces EVERY internet user to register their real name in new free speech crackdownNew rules follow use of popular microblogs to expose official corruptionRegulations could restrict access to Western sites | UPDATED: 16:11 GMT, 28 December 2012 The Chinese government launched a new assault on free speech online today by requiring all internet users to register their real names. The new rule comes in the wake of the runaway success of Weibo, a micro-blogging service similar to Twitter which has exposed corruption and other abuses of official power. The country's rubber-stamp legislature approved the controversial measures at the closing meeting of a five-day session

From non-existent shares to dodgy property schemes: The scams that target your life savings

From non-existent shares to dodgy property schemes: The scams that target your life savings Fraudsters scam trusting investors out of more than 1.2billion every yearPersonal impact of fraud can hit victims harder than the financial blowEstimated nine in ten cases go unreported according to City regulator | UPDATED: 11:00 GMT, 26 December 2012 You never think it could happen to you — but fraudsters scam trusting investors out of more than 1.2billion every year. From cold-calling chancers flogging non-existent shares to smooth-talking salesmen convincing you to plough thousands of pounds into dodgy property schemes, criminals never miss an opportunity to tap into an age-old instinct — the desire to get rich quickly.

On Christmas Day spend time at church, spend time with family… and spend a little time shopping online, says Church of England

On Christmas Day spend time at church, spend time with family… and spend a little time shopping online, says Church of EnglandChurch spokesman says online shopping is OK, as long as you spend time with your family and at churchChristmas Day 'is not about self-denial'Online spending set to spike today as sales start early | UPDATED: 00:37 GMT, 25 December 2012 The Church of England has urged people not to feel bad about shopping online on Christmas Day, despite concerns about the increased commercialisation of Christmas

Don"t like! Facebook paid just 2.9m corporation tax on 800m profit made outside the US by using Cayman Islands haven

Facebook accused of 'dodging tax' by using loophole to channel cash through Cayman Islands havenIt used Irish office to avoid UK tax liability on earnings from British businessLess than 240,000 was paid to the UK taxman Money was routed from Ireland into Cayman Islands subsidiary | UPDATED: 16:49 GMT, 23 December 2012 Facebook channelled profits through a series of tax havens in order to pay just 2.9m of corporation tax on more than 800m of overseas profits in 2011, it has been reported. Like Google and Apple the social networking site is said to have used its headquarters in Ireland to avoid tax liabilities in the UK before directing earnings to a subsidiary in the Cayman Islands. British companies that buy advertising on Facebook must do so via Facebook Ireland Ltd which entitles the company to sidestep HM Revenue and Customs and authorities in other higher-tax jurisdictions, reported the Sunday Times today.