Google introduces new checks to tackle scam financial ads from today - but there are major exclusions
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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.
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Google Photos to stop offering unlimited free storage
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Got a Huawei phone? Your rights as Google prepares to restrict its use of Android
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'Google you owe us': Legal challenge launched on behalf of millions of iPhone users
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Google warning – now many will only see ads (which look a lot like search results)
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Children's online games referred to watchdog for investigation
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TfL to tackle bogus congestion charge websites
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Google cracks down on copycat government websites
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