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The Clean Clothes Campaign has made available Stitched Up: Poverty Wages for Garment Workers in Eastern Europe and Turkey - 2014 Report (undated). The report details the working conditions and wages of garment workers in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, Turkey and Ukraine.

Protesters Ejected at Security Contractor's AGM

12 Jun 2014
Written by World Watch

Several protesters were ejected from security firm G4S's annual general meeting (AGM) held in London on 5 June 2014. G4S chief executive Ashley Almanza reportedly stated that the protesters, who had accused the company of failing to act ethically under its contracts to transport prisoners and supply security equipment, were "[shown] due care and attention", and that their removal from the meeting was not violent.

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has advised that Student Loans Company Limited (SLCL) has signed an undertaking (undated) to comply with the seventh data protection principle, following three separate incidents involving the disclosure of documents containing sensitive customer information, including medical details and a psychological assessment, to the incorrect people.

The Data Inspection Board (DIB) has made available Personal Information In Social Media (May 2014 - Swedish language version available only), a guide detailing the requirements under data protection law imposed upon organisations that use social media such as Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google Plus, Flickr and Pinterest.

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has handed down its judgment in C-539/12 Z.J.R. Lock v British Gas Trading Limited (22 May 2014). According to the CJEU, its judgment finds, with reference to Directive 2003/88/EC (the Working Time Directive), that "[w]here [a salesperson] is paid commission calculated on the basis of the sales that [the salesperson] make[s], that commission must also be included in the calculation of [the salesperson's] holiday pay".

The United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has fined (23 May 2014) Barclays Bank more than £26 million for failings in its systems and controls and its management of potential conflicts of interests between itself and its customers during 2004 - 2013.

Published in Conflicts of Interest

The United Kingdom Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has published Protecting personal data in online services: learning from the mistakes of others (May 2014), a report that highlights the following "most common IT security vulnerabilities that have resulted in organisations failing to keep people's information secure":

Published in Information Security

The United Kingdom (UK) economic and finance ministry HM Treasury has issued a call for evidence (6 May 2014) in a review of "the institutional arrangements and processes [that] the [UK] financial services regulators use to make enforcement decisions". According to HM Treasury, the review "continues the [UK] [G]overnment's focus on strengthening accountability in the financial services industry" and follows in particular the government's actions to protect the integrity of the setting of the benchmark interest rate known as LIBOR and its legislating to redress the issue of banks becoming entities that are "too big to fail".

The United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has banned (29 April 2014) former UBS trader John Hughes from the financial services industry under s. 56 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 c. 8 for "failings related to US$2.3 billion [in] unauthorised trading losses by another trader [Kweku Adoboli]".

Published in Financial Integrity

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has stated that it is investigating the circumstances of the sending out of an email by Virgin Media that allowed "individuals to reply to all of the other customers who received the same email by clicking on the 'reply all' response" and whether it constitutes a breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 c. 29 (UK).

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