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GDPR: more than half of businesses still to fully comply

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 16:20
The majority of businesses are not yet "fully compliant" with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), according to a survey carried out by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Privacy Shield: EU and US begin second annual review

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 14:41
EU and US officials have begun the second annual review of the Privacy Shield, an important framework that facilitates the free flow of personal data across the Atlantic for businesses.

HMRC delays making tax digital for large and complex businesses

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 13:13
UK businesses with complex VAT requirements will not be mandated to use the new 'Making Tax Digital' (MTD) service to keep VAT records digitally and to use software to file VAT returns until 1 October 2019, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has announced.

OECD issues guidance on 'golden passport' tax abuse

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 10:26
Financial institutions need to ask additional questions to prevent residence and citizenship by investment schemes being used as tools to hide assets from the tax authorities, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has said.

France to lead Europe with regulation of ICOs

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 10:24
ANALYSIS: France is set to lead the rest of Europe by becoming the first country on the continent to establish a specific regulatory regime for 'initial coin offerings' (ICOs).

EU ruling clarifies burden of proof on illegal file-sharing

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 10:06
People identified as being responsible for illegal file-sharing must be able to provide information to show that another user of their internet connection could have been responsible for the act if they wish to avoid being held liable for copyright infringement, according to a new ruling by the EU's top court.

New employee insurance scheme takes effect in UAE

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 10:01
A new low-cost employee insurance scheme began in the UAE this week, replacing a previous scheme which required expatriate workers to provide a AED 3,000 (approx. $816) bank guarantee when applying for a work permit.

RIDDOR 13 review recommends expanding reportable conditions

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 10:00
ANALYSIS: The number of reportable occupational conditions could increase if the recommendations of a review by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are taken into account.

Is past behaviour a predictor of risk in your third parties?

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 17:12
ANALYSIS: The global trend towards corporate criminal liability for failures to prevent financial crimes, subject to an affirmative compliance-based defence, means that effective due diligence of your commercial partners and customers is now more important than ever before.

Technology vision foresees new technical standards for NHS systems

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 16:31
Technology used by the NHS in England will need to conform to minimum technical standards in future, under plans outlined by the UK government.

Chinese part of belt and road bridge with Russia completed

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 13:42
The main body of the Chinese part of the first cross-river railway bridge connectionn with Russia has been completed as part of China's belt and road initiative.

Statutory procurement remedies move closer in Australia

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 12:46
ANALYSIS: A new bill recently introduced to the Australian Senate would give the construction industry a statutory basis to challenge tender decisions as a result of non-compliance with the Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPR).

Government confirms ban on majority of new-build leaseholds

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 11:11
The government has confirmed its plans for banning the majority of new-build leasehold houses in England, while capping ground rents on new leases at just £10.

FCA consults on 'material increase' to financial compensation

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 10:29
The maximum compensation that a financial firm could be ordered by the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) to pay out in response to a complaint could more than double, to £350,000, under plans put forward by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

The view from Brussels: a deal is closer than we think

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 10:11
ANALYSIS: UK prime minister Theresa May has told EU leaders that she will consider extending the Brexit transition period, a move that will cause political ripples at home but could bring London and Brussells closer to a deal.

Mobile payments soar among Chinese travellers

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 16:06
Popular travel destinations for Chinese consumers have seen the use of mobile payments surge during the seven-day long 'Golden Week' of Chinese public holidays this October.

Singapore eases robo-advice eligibility regulations

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 16:04
Providers of digital fund management services may qualify for licenses even if they do not meet existing criteria, according to new guidance form the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). The guidance also allows for exemptions from some information collection obligations.

Chinese firm awarded $217m worth of Dubai road contracts

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 15:26
China State Construction Engineering Corporation Middle East (CSCEC ME) has won contracts for R1086 Dubai Hills Estate Mall Access and Umm Suqeim Street Upgrading. The contracts are worth $217 million (AED800m).

Government urged to fund Brexit stockpiling of medicines

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 13:05
The UK government should help industry to fund the cost of stockpiling medicines ahead of Brexit, a trade body has said.

Universities must prioritise support for student mental health

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 11:48
ANALYSIS: There is growing pressure on universities to improve how they support students with mental health problems.