Google, Facebook could be fined for breaching UK privacy law

It will place new requirements on companies about how they are allowed to hold and use data on ordinary citizens.

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JOHANNESBURG - Google and Facebook in the United Kingdom (UK) could face fines stretching into billions of pounds if they breach users' privacy under a new law.

The fines are part of the Data Protection Bill which the UK Government is introducing to give citizens more control over their data.

It will place new requirements on companies about how they are allowed to hold and use data on ordinary citizens and will allow the information commissioner's office to fine companies up to 4% of their global turnover.