Google introduces new checks to tackle scam financial ads from today - but there are major exclusions
Certain financial services providers will have to prove they are authorised by the financial regulator before advertising on Google from today (6 September). It's an effort by the search engine to tackle online fraud, but the new policy doesn't apply to ads for cryptocurrency or debt services and there are some other exclusions.
6 September 2021
Google to bring in new checks to tackle scam ads
Financial services providers will have to verify their identity with regulator the Financial Conduct Authority before advertising on Google, in an effort to tackle online fraud.
6 July 2021
Google Photos to stop offering unlimited free storage
Google Photos will stop giving users unlimited free online storage for photos and videos from 1 June - meaning those who routinely use the service may need to start paying fees or saving photos elsewhere.
28 May 2021
Got a Huawei phone? Your rights as Google prepares to restrict its use of Android
If you've a Huawei smartphone you may struggle to download some future versions of the Android operating system, and there are questions over whether you'll continue to get some security updates, after Google restricted the Chinese tech giant's access to the software. Here's what we know so far about what's happening and your rights
21 May 2019
'Google you owe us': Legal challenge launched on behalf of millions of iPhone users
A consumer campaign group is today launching an unprecedented legal action against Google
30 November 2017
Google bans payday loan ads to protect users from 'harmful financial products'
Payday lenders will no longer be able to advertise on Google from 13 July
12 May 2016
Google warning – now many will only see ads (which look a lot like search results)
If you're searching online, beware – Google has increased the number of paid-for ads shown at the top of search results.
8 March 2016
Children's online games referred to watchdog for investigation
Three online games could be investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) over paid for extra game features
4 June 2015
TfL to tackle bogus congestion charge websites
Congestion charges payments made by unofficial copycat websites can now be refused by TfL
17 December 2014
Google cracks down on copycat government websites
Copycat websites that charge customers for free Government services will find it harder to lure in victims
23 April 2014
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Universal Credit and other benefit claimants in Northern Ireland to get £200 towards energy bills - here's what you need to know14 January 2022It comes as part of a new £55 million support package designed to help around 280,000 people with the cost of living.
14 January 2022Savings app Chip has simplified its membership plan structure, reducing it from three plans to two, and has also added its autosaving feature to its free 'Chip' plan. These changes – which came into effect on 14 January – apply to both new and existing customers.
Nationwide pays £60 to banking customers affected by its recent glitch - here's what you need to know13 January 2022Thousands of customers affected by the three Nationwide glitches over the past month could be eligible for compensation, the building society says. If you’ve been financially impacted then it might be worth contacting the bank to see if you can get money back.
13 January 2022The coronavirus outbreak is causing major travel disruption around the globe.. We've the full info on what's happened, including changes to testing and quarantining. Plus, this guide also has key info on travel insurance, refund rights and more.
Calls made for the price cap to be immediately extended to protect those in communal buildings from soaring energy bills12 January 2022Hundreds of thousands of households could soon see their gas and electricity bills rise by up to 300% because they aren't protected by the energy watchdog's price cap, according to consultancy firm Ginger Energy, which has called on the regulator to act.
29 December 2021
29 November 2021I was invited on to BBC Radio 2 Vine's 'What Makes Us Human' programme. The brief: "write then read out an essay on one unique element of humanity, interspersed with some autobiographical notes".
21 September 2021There are more myths and misunderstandings about student finance than any other subject. So in this blog is my updated 2021/22 version of the must knows, with links to far more info.
14 September 2021Update September 2017: It’s eight years since I first braved this subject, expecting a snowstorm of protest. Instead, year after year more join in, like Julia who recently tweeted me, “@MartinSLewis, finally took your advice and told my family I can’t afford Christmas presents. What a weight off my mind. Thank you.” One year even the Archbishop of...
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