The United Kingdom Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has warned barristers and solicitors to keep files secure, following 15 data breaches related to the legal practitioners reported in the last three months. The ICO noted that "barristers and solicitors are generally classed as data controllers in their own right and are therefore legally responsible for the personal information they process".
The United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has announced that it has fined (7 August 2014) Stonebridge International Insurance £8.4 million after finding that, between April 2011 and December 2012, the firm engaged in the following conduct in its sale of accident insurance products:
European Union (EU) competition regulator the European Commission (EC) has announced that it has concluded that certain aid measures granted by Belgian authorities to crystal producer Val Saint-Lambert (VSL) "conferred on the company an undue economic advantage over its competitors, in breach of EU [s]tate aid rules".
France's data protection authority the Commission nationale de l'informatique et des libertés (CNIL) has announced that it has ceased its monitoring of SAS Hypercosmos, since the shopping centre operator has fully complied with a CNIL request to end the excessive use of video surveillance and biometrics.
Switzerland-based bank and financial services provider UBS has announced that it has resolved its "cross-border tax matter" with German authorities and agreed to pay €300 million to conclude the proceedings.
The United Kingdom Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published Appointments to Boards and Equality Law (July 2014), which "aims to provide guidance on the equality law framework within which appointments to boards must be made".
The United States Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has announced that it has banned two firms from recruiting Appointed Representatives (ARs) and individual advisers in what is the FCA's first exercise of its suspension powers.
European Union (EU) competition regulator the European Commission (EC) has announced that it has concluded that the receipt of state aid by low-cost airlines Ryanair and Transavia for their operations at one or more of the airports at Pau, Nîmes and Angoulême was "incompatible with EU rules".
European Union competition regulator the European Commission (EC) has announced that it has fined Norway-based salmon farmer and processor Marine Harvest €20 million for acquiring rival Morpol "without having received prior authorisation under [Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 (the Merger Regulation)]".
The United Kingdom Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) has made available an open letter (24 July 2014) regarding the independent review (July 2014) of distribution network operators' (DNOs) performance during the December 2013 UK storms. According to Ofgem, the review finds that the southern UK operations of DNOs SSE and UKPN "could have done more to get customers reconnected faster and to keep them better updated on what was happening".
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