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FSA publishes Financial Risk Outlook
Monday, 09 February 2009

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) today published its Financial Risk Outlook (FRO) outlining the main risks facing firms, consumers and the regulatory system in the economic downturn, in particular the challenges created by banking sector and real economy deleveraging.

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The British unit of Icelandic investment group Baugur placed into administration.
Friday, 06 February 2009

The British unit of Icelandic investment group Baugur, which owns stakes in a large number of high street retailers, was on Friday placed into administration. Baugur said it did not oppose the High Court petition from BG Holding's main creditor, Landsbanki, appointing PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as administrators.

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ICO response to the House of Lords Constitution Committee Surveillance Society report
Friday, 06 February 2009

Jonathan Bamford, Assistant Commissioner at the ICO, said: “Several years ago we warned about the dangers of sleepwalking into a surveillance society.

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Experian publishes UK business insolvency statistics for 2008
Thursday, 05 February 2009

Experian®, the global information services company, today published its insolvency data for 2008.  Its analysis shows that there were 23,879 business failures over the 12 months to the end of December 2008, representing a 30% increase on 2007.

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Central and Eastern European companies upbeat about longer-term outlook
Wednesday, 04 February 2009

A November 2008 survey, undertaken by the Economist Intelligence Unit on behalf of leading global credit insurer Atradius shows that despite concerns about the regional economy, companies do not expect a significant deterioration of their business in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) in the next three years.

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Iceland bank seeks protection from creditors
Wednesday, 04 February 2009

The Icelandic retail investor Baugur, which owns stakes in Hamleys, House of Fraser and the Iceland frozen food chain, has asked for protection from creditors.

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Secure data sharing – an oxymoron?
Tuesday, 03 February 2009

Public service delivery relies on the right information being available to the right people without compromising security. Regulatory compliance, such as the Freedom of Information Act, also requires that data be shared.  But, as soon as it is, the risk of data leakage increases. 

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Do not compromise AML compliance when cutting IT budgets
Tuesday, 03 February 2009

SMA Financial, SWIFT Regional partner for UK, Eire and Channel Islands today recommended that, despite the current economic uncertainty created by the global credit crunch, financial institutions and corporates still need to remain vigilant over the threat of money laundering. 

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Callcredit direct triumphs again at legal technology awards
Monday, 02 February 2009

Credit reference agency Callcredit Direct has picked up a top industry award for its electronic identity verification product CallML, for the second time in three years.

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Political Stability Next Victim of Credit Crunch
Wednesday, 28 January 2009

2009 will see the political consequences of the global credit crunch start to have an impact, according to the 16th annual Political Risk Map, launched today by Aon Risk Services, a division of Aon Corporation.

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ABI welcomes Lord Mandelson’s confidence in the trade credit insurance market
Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Nick Starling, the ABI’s Director of General Insurance and Health, has commented on the announcement by Business Secretary, Lord Mandelson, that the Government is working on a possible scheme to help improve the availability of credit to businesses.

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