Risk Digest: 22nd December 2016

Here’s your Risk Digest for the Week Ending 22nd  December 2016.

Information Security

EU Data Retention Ruling goes against UK Government

EU judges said communications data could only be retained if it was used to fight serious crime.


Managing the new Risk Landscape of Customer Identity Management

GDPR. Four letters, one colossal shift in privacy compliance for companies around the globe. Richard Lack overviews the issue…

Health & Safety

Building Firm Fined over Lone Worker’s Trench Death

A Borders-based building firm has been fined £30,000 after a lone worker died when he was crushed by falling soil in a collapsed trench.


Prison for Drunk Farmer

A self-employed farmer has been jailed for 16 months after running over and killing a young boy with his tractor, while driving at 2.5 times over the legal drinking limit.

Food Safety


Lidl Recalls Gravy Granules

Lidl UK is recalling two batches of Kania Gravy Granules (Meat and Chicken) because of contamination with a chemical contaminant known as xylene.


Nisa Recalls Heritage Fresh Salad Spinach

Nisa Retail Limited is recalling two lot codes of its Heritage Spinach 200g from its Fresh Salad range, because the products may contain small pieces of metal.


World’s First Solar Road Opens in Normandy

Route in Tourouvre-au-Perche cost €5m to construct and will be used by about 2,000 motorists a day during two-year test period


Barack Obama Bans Oil and Gas Drilling in Most of Artic and Atlantic Oceans

Obama uses law that allows presidents to block sale of new offshore drilling and mining rights and makes it difficult for their successors to reverse decision

Energy Saving


P&G Reaches Energy Reduction Target Four Years Early

Procter & Gamble (P&G) has successfully reduced energy and water use at its facilities by 20% per unit of production four years ahead of schedule, according to the company’s latest Citizenship report.


GIB Commits £35 Million to North Wales Energy-From-Waste Plant

UK Green Investment Bank plc (GIB) has today committed £35m of senior debt to the construction of Wheelabrator Parc Adfer, a new £180m energy-from-waste (EfW) plant at Deeside Industrial Park in Flintshire, North Wales.

Cloud Security


Microsoft Co-Founder Bill Gates Announces $1 Billion Global Green Tech Investment Fund

UK clean tech startups could benefit from a $1bn investment global fund announced by Bill Gates.


Broadband Boost for Remotest Parts of UK

Around 600,000 more homes and businesses could be connected to superfast broadband, after the government recouped £440m.


Other News 

Big Ben to Fall Silent for Repairs

Big Ben is to fall silent for the first time since 2007 for a renovation project.


The Subscription Economy: A New Way to Travel

Dr Steve Cassidy, managing director at Viaqqio, explores how the subscription economy is transforming the travel industry.


The Lighter Side

White House Staff Prank President Obama with Snowmen

Since Barack Obama revealed he feels snowmen are “creepy”, they have been mysteriously appearing around the White House.


Photographer Captures Smiles of Tiny Creatures

There are close-up images, and then there are the ones taken by Muhammad Roem, an amateur Indonesian photographer. From dancing frogs to cheeky geckos, there is little that escapes 28-year-old Mr Roem’s camera.


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