The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPCC) has published a fact sheet (January 2014) regarding private sector organisations' privacy-related obligations under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) when considering outsourcing.
The United States (US) Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has made available a Letter of acceptance, waiver and consent (26 December 2013) regarding a US$3.75 million settlement of systemic records management failure allegations against Barclays Capital Inc (Barclays).
The United States (US) Department of Justice (DoJ) has announced that Germany-based international engineering and services company Bilfinger SE (Bilfinger) has agreed to pay US$32 million to settle charges that it breached the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by bribing Nigerian government officials to "obtain and retain contracts related to the Eastern Gas Gathering System (EGGS) project, which was valued at approximately [US]$387 million".
The United States (US) Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has made available an Order (12 December 2013) requiring London-based hedge fund adviser GLG Partners LP (GLG) and its former US-based holding company GLG Partners Inc to pay a total of almost US$9 million to settle charges regarding internal controls failures.
The European Commission (EC) has announced that it has fined United States-based Johnson & Johnson (J&J) €10.8 million and Switzerland-based Novartis €5.5 million after finding that subsidiaries of the two pharmaceutical companies breached European Union antitrust rules by concluding "an anticompetitive agreement to delay the market entry of a cheaper generic version of the pain-killer fentanyl in the Netherlands".
The Hong Kong (HK) Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has announced that the Court has ordered former Morgan Stanley Asia Ltd managing director Du Jun to pay 297 investors a total of HK$23.9 million (approximately US$3.1 million/€2.2 million) in restitution "as a result of his insider dealing in shares" over a two-and-a-half-month period in 2007.
The following United States (US) federal and state authorities have announced penalties totalling US$100 million against Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS Group) and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) in relation to alleged supervisory failures
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced that the Federal Court of Australia has handed down its judgment in Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v Flight Centre Limited (No 2)  FCA 1313 (6 December 2013).
Sweden-based global clothing brand group H&M Group (H&M) has announced the launch of a new strategy to provide approximately 850,000 textile workers at its suppliers' factories with a fair living wage by 2018 and has revised its roadmap (further information) accordingly.
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