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Security expert responds to BBC fooling HSBC voice recognition security system
Monday, 22 May 2017
Lead Security Evangelist at Positive Technologies, Alex Mathews said:  “Biometrics were introduced to try and overcome the issue of PINs or passwords that hackers were able to circumvent with alarming regularity. However, as the BBC report highlights, biometric authentication alone can also be fallible.  As is always the case with security, a layered approach is best.  Rather than relying on it as a sole authentication method, it should be used as an additional tool, in tandem with other security practices."
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Lithuania to join the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention
Monday, 22 May 2017
Lithuania has taken an important step on the road to OECD membership by completing the process to become a member of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention. Lithuania will become the 42nd Party to the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention on 15 July 2017, 60 days after the deposit of its instrument of accession. The Ambassador of Lithuania to France, Dalius Čekuolis, deposited Lithuania's instrument of accession to the Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions at the OECD Headquarters in Paris on 16 May, 2017.
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BTL PORTFOLIO LENDING ACTIVITY LIKELY TO INCREASE POST-PRA UNDERWRITING CHANGES
Wednesday, 17 May 2017
The market for portfolio buy-to-let lending is likely to increase following the introduction of the new PRA underwriting changes which authorised lenders will need to have in place by the end of September. 
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Elevate UK bolsters data science
Wednesday, 17 May 2017
Elevate Credit International Limited (‘Elevate UK’), the business trading as online lender under the Sunny brand in the UK, today announces the appointment of three new members to its risk and data science team.  
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Hope Capital's Jonathan Sealey comments on the CML's figures
Wednesday, 17 May 2017
Jonathan Sealey, CEO of Hope Capital, says, “It is clear that as well as remortgage activity which is up in terms of both value and volume, demand from first-time buyers is continuing to drive the housing market, with many using low interest rates to get onto the property ladder. In fact, more first-time buyers bought a home in 2016 than in any year since 2007. This highlights how these buyers are keeping the housing market solid, and each transaction has an impact further up the chain and is also helping to drive levels of housebuilding. 
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CPS responds to Labour's key "revenue raisers"
Wednesday, 17 May 2017
Daniel Mahoney and Tim Knox of the Centre for Policy Studies have published a briefing note in response to Labour’s three centre-piece revenue raisers: 
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Comment on inflation rising to a three year high
Wednesday, 17 May 2017
Commenting on inflation rising to a three-year high and the impact this could have on markets, Shilen Shah, Bond Strategist at Investec Wealth & Investment, said: “April’s CPI print was somewhat higher than the consensus at 2.7%. The inflation figure was boosted by higher air fares due to the Easter holidays falling later in the calendar year. Higher electricity and clothing prices were somewhat offset by lower motor fuel prices, however the underlying inflation figure does indicate some inflationary pressures in the economy with the core CPI print increasing to 2.4%. 
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Equifax forms new alliance to develop Open Banking products
Tuesday, 16 May 2017
Equifax, the consumer and business insights expert, and Castlight, the leading financial capability company, have formed an alliance with Oakbrook Finance, the owners of consumer loan brand Likely Loans, to develop new products for the 2018 Open Banking initiative.
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Responding to the weekend’s cyber attack: The Forum’s top tips to protect your business
Tuesday, 16 May 2017
The Forum of Private Business has outlined their top tips for businesses in response to the weekend's cyber attacks. 
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The ASTL reveals a 123% year on year rise in bridging applications
Tuesday, 16 May 2017
The latest quarterly figures from the Association of Short Term Lenders’ (ASTL) bridging lender members reveal that the value of applications for bridging loans increased by 13.9% in Q1 this year, compared to the previous quarter; up 123% over the same quarter in 2016.
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More UK citizens on the Electoral Register for 2017
Friday, 12 May 2017
For a British citizen to have a say in the outcome of the snap General Election next month, they must be on the electoral register for their local authority.   
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