Facebook faces $1.6bn fine and formal investigation over massive data breach

Irish data regulator could penalize the social network after hack of nearly 50m accounts

The Irish Data Protection Commission has opened a formal investigation into a data breach that affected nearly 50m Facebook accounts, which could result in a fine of up to $1.63bn.

The breach, which was discovered by Facebook engineers on Tuesday 24 September, gave hackers the ability to take over users’ accounts. It was patched on Thursday, the company said.

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Amazon offsetting pay rise by removing bonuses, union says

Online retailer hit headlines for pay award but GMB accuses it of ‘stealth tax’ on workers

Amazon has been criticised for slashing benefits for UK warehouse workers, offsetting at least half of a big pay rise announced this week.

The removal of employee share and incentive schemes could cost thousands of workers £1,500 in a single year, according to the GMB union, which accused the online retailer of imposing “a stealth tax on its own wage increase”.

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