New homelessness act fails to address root causes, charities say

Cash-strapped councils in England now have legal duty to assist anyone who is homeless Spiralling rents, welfare reforms and council funding cuts will undermine the impact of the most significant new homelessness...

Grindr shared information about users’ HIV status with third parties

Company said sharing data with partners to test and optimise its platform was ‘industry practice’ Gay dating app Grindr has come under fire for sharing information about users’ HIV status or locations...

Robot heads for North Sea oil rigs in ‘world first’ scheme

Test to pave way for using autonomous machines for dangerous operations offshore instead of humans An autonomous robot will be deployed to an offshore oil and gas platform in the North Sea...

Trouble for big tech as consumers sour on Amazon, Facebook and co

Trump is after Amazon, Congress is after Facebook, and Apple and Google have their problems too. Should the world’s top tech firms be worried? Trump is going after Amazon; Congress is after...

Up to 5m Saks and Lord & Taylor customers at risk after data breach

Breach began about a year ago by hacking group JokerStash or Fin7 Cleverly crafted phishing emails were sent to company employees A data breach at department store chains Saks Fifth Avenue,...

Co-op to switch own-brand water to 50% recycled plastic bottles

Supermarket estimates the change will save almost 350 tonnes of plastic every year The Co-op supermarket plans to switch all of its own-brand water to 50% recycled plastic bottles in a move...

Brexit means eggs sit: Ferrero warns of stale Easter chocolate

Thorntons owner says leaving single market and customs union could cause shortages and delays It might be a good year for Britons to stock up on Easter eggs, after a major chocolate...

Teaching union criticises Ofsted chief over hijab ban for young girls

Amanda Spielman’s comments on young Muslim girls wearing headscarf could increase race attacks, says NEU The country’s largest teaching union has criticised the head of Ofsted, accusing her of pressuring schools into...

Barclays agrees to pay $2bn to settle US fraud case

Deal relates to sale of mortgage-backed securities in run-up to financial crisis Barclays has agreed a $2bn (£1.4bn) settlement with the US justice department over the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the...

Facebook to stop allowing data brokers such as Experian to target users

Company to shut down Partner Categories feature to ‘improve people’s privacy’ but analysts question potential impact of change Facebook is shutting down a feature that allowed “data brokers” such as Experian and...