The Senate of France has made available a Bill (French language version available only) that has been referred to its culture, education and communication committee, having been passed by the National Assembly on 3 October 2013. According to The Guardian, the Bill proposes to amend Act No. 81-766 of 10 August 1981 (French language version available only), also known as the Lang Law, that regulates book pricing.
The United Kingdom (UK) Competition Commission (CC) has made available its Final Report (8 October 2013) on Cineworld Group's (Cineworld) acquisition of City Screen Ltd (City Screen), which concludes that the acquisition "could lead to a substantial lessening of competition" in three areas of the UK. The CC announced that Cineworld is now required to sell one of the cinemas that it owns in each of the areas of Aberdeen, Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge.
The United Kingdom Competition Commission (CC) has made available a summary (15 October 2013) of the final report on its investigation into the market for statutory audit services. The CC stated that the summary confirms that competition in the market is restricted as a result of "factors which inhibit companies from switching auditors" and "the incentives [for auditors] to focus on satisfying management rather than shareholder needs".
Germany's competition regulator the Bundeskartellamt (BKA) has made available the background paper (10 October 2013) for the Working Group on Competition Law's latest meeting. The working group is convened by the BKA annually and this year discussed the topic of "vertical restraints" in e-commerce.
United Kingdom (UK)-based retailer WHSmith has made available a statement of apology on its website, advising that it has temporarily suspended its online retail since being made aware that it was offering "a number of unacceptable titles" via an automated feed sourced from e-book retailer Kobo Inc's (Kobo) website.
The United Kingdom (UK) Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has made available guidance (undated) for organisations on ensuring that their data protection policies account for workers' use of personal mobile devices such as smartphones for work purposes.
The United Kingdom (UK) Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has advised that the City of London Magistrates Court has convicted First Financial (FF) and its sole director Hamed Shabani under ss. 17 and 61 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (UK) respectively for failing to register that FF was processing personal information.
The Central Bank of Ireland (the Central Bank) has reprimanded and imposed a fine of €50,000 on insurance firm AXA MPS Financial Ltd (AXA) for two breaches of the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) Act No. 6 2010 (the Act).
The Central Bank of Cyprus has announced that it will publish online the details of fines imposed on credit, payment and electronic money institutions for breaches of:
The United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has made available Final Notice #1 (30 September 2013) issued to Catalyst Investment Group Ltd (Catalyst) for "recklessly misleading investors" in promoting certain bonds over a seven-month period.
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