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Facebook has been fined £500,000 ($910,650) by the United Kingdom today over the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The minuscule fine was the most allowed under the law, but Facebook can probably find that kind of money in its couch cushions. Based on last year’s revenue, Facebook makes that amount in less than 9 minutes of operation.

With the World Cup just a few days away, everyone is trying to figure out the best ways to watch and keep track of their favourite teams. But before you download any apps, here's something to think about: The La Liga app, which is the official streaming app for Spain's most popular football league, has reportedly been using the microphones on fans' phones to root out unauthorised broadcasts of matches in public venues such as bars and restaurants.

Twitter, in an effort to comply with the European Union's privacy-centric General Data Protection Regulation, has begun to suspend accounts belonging users who were under the age of 13 when they first signed up. While the cynic in me is all for Twitter cleansing its service of youths, it isn't exactly implementing age restriction as you might think. In effect, Twitter is engaging in some retroactive account suspension, forcing some users now over 13 to create brand new accounts. Sorry about your personal brand, teens.

In the run-up to the launch of the new GDPR privacy protections, most of the focus has been on how it will affect huge data-mining tech giants like Google and Facebook. But as many people are finding out today, GDPR applies to any site that collects user data or, in the case of publishers like Gizmodo Media Group, displays advertisements that collect this data. What that really means in practice is extremely complicated.

When Mark Zuckerberg testified in front of members of the European Parliament on Tuesday, he insisted that Facebook was ready for Friday, the day when the European Unions's strict new data privacy law went into effect. But users in Europe have already filed complaints against Facebook and others today, saying the tech companies are in violation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The European Union's digital privacy law, known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), has officially gone into effect. But some websites in the US have decided to block their services entirely rather than adhere to the new regulations. Dozens of US newspapers are currently blocked in Europe and web services like Instapaper have suspended operations in the European Union for the foreseeable future.

"Look, this is bad," Mark Zuckerberg told reporters during an impromptu conference call today. The Facebook CEO spent much of the time taking responsibility for the privacy scandals that have consumed his company recently, but he also pointed out that he's been the victim of fake news. Contrary to a recent Reuters report, he said, new controls for privacy settings required by European law will roll out globally.

Facebook has spent the past few weeks on an apology tour amid the fallout of its Cambridge Analytica data-sharing scandal, in which the company lost control of extensive information on 50 million users harvested without their consent. They have dispatched founder Mark Zuckerberg to recite talking points, shuffled around some privacy settings, recalibrated Zuckerberg's talking points, and in between relatively meaningless other directives, taken out full-page newspaper ads saying sorry (and subtly mentioning they expect other similar incidents to emerge).