health
World Now So Upturned That Piers Morgan Emerges as a Hero

Just when you think it can't get any worse we are now expected to imagine that Piers Morgan perhaps isn't all that bad, as the contrarian TV host has said he'll pick up the bill for any NHS workers given a parking ticket during these troubled times. Read More >>

apple
France Hits Apple With a Record-Setting £1 Billion Fine

France’s antitrust watchdog is not an Apple fan. Today, it fined the Cupertino giant 1.1 billion euros (£1 billion), along with two wholesale partners, for violations regarding its efforts to restrict the wholesale market and abusing the economic dependence of resellers. Read More >>

politics
Councils Profit From Fines for Dog Walking, Cycling and Sleeping Rough

The UK's councils have cottoned on to a money making scheme enabled by the use of public spaces protection orders, using rules to ban things hyper-locally and enforce fines for everything from walking dogs in the wrong places to riding a bike incorrectly, and even issuing tickets for begging or sleeping rough. Read More >>

youtube
Google Agrees to Pay Up to £164.5 Million to Settle Investigation into Children’s Privacy on YouTube: Report

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is fining Google between $150 million (£123.3 million) and $200 million (£163.5 million) to settle the whole debacle with its subsidiary, YouTube, allegedly breaking children’s privacy law, Politico first reported on Friday. Read More >>

uber
Uber is Another £15 Million Poorer After Settling Driver Lawsuit

Uber is a company that dictates how a large number of car owners pick up passengers, where they take them, how they take them there, the condition of the vehicle those people get put in, and the pay they earn, but it does not consider those drivers to be its employees. Read More >>

environment
It’s Now a £150 Fine for Throwing Rubbish Out of a Car

Local councils have been handed the sort of power that angry dads can only dream of — a doubling of many of the fines for littering our proud* land with the detritus of convenience culture. Read More >>

google
Google Fined £2.1 Billion for Abusing Being Google

The European Commission has done the sums and decided to hit Google with a vast fine of €2.42 billion (£2.14bn), as its long-running investigation into Google's abuse of being Google reaches its conclusion. Read More >>

bt
Ofcom’s Biggest Ever Fine Goes To BT

Ofcom's fining BT a record £42,000,000 for abusing its market power to reduce the amount of compensation it paid other companies. Read More >>

networks
Vodafone Fined £4.6m for Being Rubbish at Talking on the Telephone

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has hit Vodafone with a massive fine of £4.6m for having abysmal levels of customer service and also charging customers for items they never received, leaving the network shamefully offering its apologies to the nation. Read More >>

transport
Parking Wardens Have Snagged £700m in Fines in a Year

English councils are raking it in from whacking tickets on the people carriers of the nation, with stats from the RAC Foundation suggesting they took in a whopping £693m during 2014/15 -- a nice four per cent increase on the previous year. Read More >>

networks
Spam Caller Fined £850,000 for Making 6 Million Junk Calls

The innocent-sounding National Advice Clinic is currently in need of a chat with an advisor about some extreme financial advice, having been landed with an enormous £850,000 fine for plaguing the UK with a staggering six million unsolicited nuisance calls. Read More >>

facebook
Facebook Faces £180,000 a Day Fine for Tracking Unregistered Web Users

A Belgian court has ruled that Facebook needs to stop tracking people who aren't members of the site via its cookie system, lest their privacy be invaded by relevant advertising. Read More >>

booze
Lancaster Uni Plans Spot Fines for Drunk Students

There's a sense of unease among student drinkers at Lancaster University's Lonsdale College, where university bosses have announced plans for a £200 spot fine for drunkenness along with a £250 fine for being seen buying a drink for someone who's clearly already a bit far gone. Read More >>

transport
Met Police Issued 14,000 Fines to Cyclists and Drivers in Eight Weeks

In an operation that lasted two months, London Metropolitan Police swarmed the capital in an attempt to increase safety on the roads, handing out over 14,000 fixed penalty notices in the process to those on both two wheel and four. Read More >>

cars
Government May Cut Parking Fines to Kill Council’s Cash Cows

Minor parking rule breaches might soon be treated with equally minor financial penalties, with the government said to be thinking of asking councils to lower the minimum fixed fees levied on tiny driving offences like spending five minutes too long trudging around your depressed high street. Read More >>