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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Martin Lewis: Take weekly screen grabs of your online energy account in case your supplier goes bust24 September 2021In the first episode of a new series of his live ITV show, MoneySavingExpert.com founder Martin Lewis has urged households across the country to take a screenshot of their energy account incase their provider goes bust. In the past couple of weeks alone, five energy providers have gone bust with households expecting a significant rise in energy bills this winter.
JP Morgan launches new 'Chase' bank account that pays 1% cashback and 5% interest - here's how it compares24 September 2021Investment bank JP Morgan has this week announced the launch of a brand new current account called 'Chase'. It offers customers 1% cashback on most spending for a year, 5% interest on savings made when you round-up purchases, and fee-free debit card use abroad. But most can only get it from November and you could earn up to £130 switching bank account NOW, so is Chase worth it?
24 September 2021The change, which the Government says will be implemented as soon as Parliamentary time allows for it, will make it illegal for employers to withhold tips from their workers.
Nectar card holders can now get personalised discounts when they shop using Sainsbury's 'scan and go' service in stores24 September 2021Nectar card holders can now get personalised discounts of up to 30% off certain items in their Sainsbury's shop when they use its 'scan and go' service in store. But you can't currently get the offers when you shop online at the supermarket.
PCR travel test providers given official warning amid concerns over misleading prices and unfair practices24 September 2021PCR Covid test providers have been told by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to clean up their practices amid concerns they may be breaking consumer law. An open letter has been written by the watchdog identifying a number of "harmful" practices, which it says it will further investigate.
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...
16 August 2021
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