Risk and Compliance Update - 18th February

Risk and Compliance Update - 18th February

In this issue:

Risk & Compliance forecast as at 16 February 2021

Financial crime prevention

Data protection

Business activities

 


 

 

Risk & Compliance forecast as at 16 February 2021

Our new Risk & Compliance forecast as at 16 February 2021 is now live. This month, we report on issues including (1) AML and CTF; (2) data protection; (3) competition law compliance and (4) cybersecurity and cybercrime. You can rest assured we're tracking forthcoming regulatory changes so you can plan ahead.

 


 

 

Financial crime prevention

FATF publishes table of assessment ratings

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has published a consolidated table of assessment ratings. The table details the ratings that countries have achieved in terms of effectiveness and technical compliance as per the FATF Recommendations.

See: LNB News 17/02/2021 64.


 

Commission opens roadmap on tackling organised crime in EU

The European Commission has opened the feedback period for its proposed initiative to tackle organised crime. The proposed agenda covers the period from 2021–2025, and will address the main criminal markets, and the corruption and financial aspects of organised crime. It will also include a new strategic approach against trafficking human beings. The Commission will take the feedback into account for further development and fine tuning of the initiative. The roadmap is open for feedback until 15 March 2021.

See: LNB News 17/02/2021 45.


 

Data protection

ICO urges organisations to look at its data analytics toolkit

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has announced that it has launched its data analytics toolkit and urges organisations considering the use of data analytics on personal data to have a look.

 

See: LNB News 17/02/2021 40.


 

ICO issues £270,000 worth of fines for nuisance calls

The ICO has issued fines to two companies totaling £270,000 for making unlawful marketing calls to numbers registered with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS). Call Centre Ops Ltd and House Guard UK Ltd made approximately 860,000 illegal calls between them.

See: LNB News 12/02/2021 73.


 

Business activities

Business and human rights legislation and the enforcement question—a report by Kingsley Napley LLP and Dr Rachel Chambers

Globally, a trend is taking shape towards legislation which goes further than the reporting obligations of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, in the area of business and human rights. The EU is currently consulting on a proposed mandatory due diligence human rights law to be enacted in 2021. These proposals are similar to those passed in France in 2017 and narrowly defeated in a 2020 Swiss referendum. Calls are increasing for the UK to follow suit. How could a compulsory UK human rights due diligence (HRDD) law improve the enforcement and legal landscape for victims of cross-border human rights abuses? And what support and powers would a regulator need to be effective? A group of UK civil society organisations commissioned research on these questions. This article summarises the key findings of the paper.

See News Analysis: Business and human rights legislation and the enforcement question—a report by Kingsley Napley LLP and Dr Rachel Chambers.


 

Report published into how to bolster UK competition and consumer laws

John Penrose MP has published a set of proposals on updating the competition and consumer regime in the UK. This follows an invitation from the government to independently review UK competition rules, with a view to improving the regime in light of the end of the Brexit transition period and the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The final report, entitled ‘Power to the people’, includes recommendations on how to adapt to an increasingly digitalised world and how to strengthen the competition rules when it comes to powerful sector regulators.

See: LNB News 16/02/2021 39.

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Allison is a former partner of Shoosmiths, with extensive experience of legal management and practice compliance.