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European Compliance

Compliance issues in the Eurozone are more pressing than ever, amid major changes such as data privacy, Brexit, global commerce, and the need to harmonize various international regulatory regimes. Compliance Week sees compliance not as an issue of any one nation or region, which is why we spotlight the regulatory, governance, compliance and ethics issues in Europe as part of our effort to bring you the most important information and insight from around the world.

News Article

U.K.’s EA mum on combating plastic waste fraud

Paul Hodgson | October 30, 2018

A recent report says the U.K. Environment Agency is investigating complaints of widespread fraud and non-compliance with waste regulations being perpetrated by organised criminals and certain U.K. firms—a claim the agency will neither confirm nor deny.

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EU regulator pushes for global consensus on data ethics

Neil Hodge | October 26, 2018

European Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli trumpeted the urgent need for a worldwide data ethics accord at a recent conference, warning that the rapid advance in global digital technologies mandates a global consensus on privacy.

Global Glimpses Blog

No-deal Brexit contingency plans don’t look pretty

Paul Hodgson | October 24, 2018

There’s a lot more at stake for the United Kingdom than just interrupted Netflix access should a no-deal Brexit become a reality. 

Global Glimpses Blog

Morrisons loses data breach appeal

Neil Hodge | October 23, 2018

The U.K. Court of Appeals recently shot down an appeal by supermarket chain Morrisons to overturn an earlier judgment denouncing it as liable for a data breach instigated by a disgruntled former employee. A march to the Supreme Court is next.

Global Glimpses Blog

Anti-Slavery Day: complying with human rights law

Paul Hodgson | October 17, 2018

In honor of Anti-Slavery Day (October 18), companies may want to familiarize themselves with a recent guide from the IEMA on complying with environmental and human rights laws.

Global Glimpses Blog

German DPAs begin random GDPR examinations

Jaclyn Jaeger | October 12, 2018

The Data Protection Authority of the German state of Lower Saxony recently began random examinations into how well companies are implementing the EU’s General Data Protection Regulations. Compliance officers of U.S. companies with operations in Germany should be on alert.

Global Glimpses Blog

Shell may be green when it comes to pension fund ESG requirements

Paul Hodgson | October 12, 2018

A Shell pensioner is threatening to take his own pension fund to the U.K.’s Pensions Ombudsman for maladministration—unless the company can prove it is managing its climate-related risk.

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FCA strives for smooth regulatory transition in event of no-deal Brexit

Neil Hodge | October 11, 2018

The U.K. Financial Conduct Authority has published two consultation papers to help companies prep for regulation in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Global Glimpses Blog

ICO takes action for failure to pay new data protection fee

Jaclyn Jaeger | October 5, 2018

The U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office has taken formal enforcement action against 34 organizations that have failed to pay the new data protection fee.

Global Glimpses Blog

SFO set to recover proceeds from Uzbekistan corrupt deals

Jaclyn Jaeger | October 5, 2018

The U.K. Serious Fraud Office said it has issued a claim for civil recovery in the High Court under Part 5 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.