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Published every Thursday, Compliance Week Europe offers a condensed summary of risk, audit, and compliance news either originating in Europe, or of special interest to European compliance professionals. This newsletter will follow developments by the European Commission, as well as those of national governments across the region, or any U.S.-based news that might have consequence across the Atlantic. Frequency: weekly; Thursday a.m.

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    Many Countries, One Compliance Approach

    October 21, 2014

    CW EuropeWith operations and vital third parties scattered across many countries, addressing compliance internationally is vital for large, global companies. But how can compliance leaders best extend their reach beyond the comfortable confines of headquarters and out into far-flung locales? At the recent Compliance Week Europe conference in Brussels last week, leaders in the field looked at how culture and training factor into building a unified global compliance program.

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    Tesco Talks Compliance Training

    October 21, 2014

    Ward-david-1014When he worked as a lawyer at U.K.-based retailer Tesco, compliance training was all about “ticking the box and getting it done,” David Ward told a Compliance Week Europe session on e-learning earlier this month in Brussels, Belgium. But his attitude changed when he became the retailer’s ethics and compliance director. “We wanted to be able to say, ‘Have you taken the leap?’ rather than, ‘Have you done your compliance training?’” Ward says.

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    The Role of Compliance in Adopting Data Privacy Controls

    October 21, 2014

    With even small companies amassing troves of personal data, privacy controls are gaining in importance. But what role should compliance officers have in developing and monitoring them? Should companies have a separate chief privacy officer? How should compliance keep on top of how business units use customer data? A panel of privacy experts addressed these questions, and others, during a session at the Compliance Week Europe conference. More inside.

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    Thoughts From CW Europe

    October 20, 2014

    kelly-matt-square-updatedThe Compliance Week Europe conference took place last week, with more than 150 people from 22 countries attending. Editor Matt Kelly has some of his quick observations inside, from the importance of privacy to enthusiasm for ethics & compliance in Europe to the future of the profession—which, even if we stumbled on good insights in Europe, apply to compliance programs in the United States and everywhere else.

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    Here We Go Again: Regulators Look Anew at Auditor Consulting

    October 21, 2014

    Turner-lynn-0914Regulators are taking a fresh look at whether the quality of public company audits is threatened when audit firms also focus on selling consulting services. Revenue from audit services has remained flat, while revenue from consulting services is rising again. “They’re driven by the fact that management is paying not only for the audit but for these various consulting arrangements,” says Lynn Turner, former chief accountant for the Securities and Exchange Commission. More inside.

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    Preparing for 2015 Employment Tax Compliance

    October 21, 2014

    As companies begin planning for employment tax compliance in the coming year, they are finding 2015 to be a mixed bag. The good news is that payroll and other tax law changes are minimal; the bad news is that some companies may see hikes in their tax rates. “Thankfully, this year is a relatively quiet one in terms of tax law changes,” says Adam Lambert, managing director and national leader for Grant Thornton’s employment tax services practice.

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    Boards Look to Enhance Oversight of IT Risk

    October 21, 2014

    Corporate directors would like to devote more time to IT strategy and cyber-security risk management, but many say they still are not receiving an adequate level of information from management in these areas to provide effective oversight. Directors also admit, in two new surveys, that they don’t have enough confidence in their IT expertise to oversee cyber-security risks.

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    For FCPA Compliance, Don’t Forget the Internal Controls

    October 21, 2014

    They have been there all along, hiding in plain sight: the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act requirements for internal controls. In its latest FCPA guidance, the SEC and Justice Department emphasized the importance of internal controls in effective compliance, which they backed up with two recent enforcement actions. Inside, columnist Tom Fox offers some ideas on how to ensure good internal controls are in place for anti-bribery and anti-corruption compliance.