Risk Digest: 5th May 2017

Here’s your Risk Digest for the Week Ending 5th May 2017

Information Security

Google Squashes Phishing Scam Aimed At Docs Users

The scam appears to have affected but a few users yet was surprisingly sophisticated.


Greater Manchester Police fined £150,000 over lost victim interview DVDs

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has been fined £150,000 after it allowed DVDs containing interviews with victims of violent or sexual crimes to get lost in the post.

Safety Signs

Health & Safety

Double fine for work at height dangers

Two roofing contractors have been fined after the HSE investigated hazardous working conditions where men were seen working on a roof without edge protection.


Companies face ‘significant uncertainty’ over chemicals regulation.

The Government has been urged to ‘provide clarity’ on the future of chemicals regulation after the EU Referendum.

Business Continuity

Trade marking: Do I need to own the rights to my name and brand?

What do Jose Mourinho, Jo Malone, Karen Millen and Elizabeth Emanuel all have in common? They do not own the rights in their own name and brand!


RBS bucks dire run of results as taxpayer-owned lender records first profit since 2015

Taxpayer-owned Royal Bank of Scotland has reported its first quarterly profit since 2015 – a year after a loss of almost £1 billion during the same period.


Diesel owners ‘to be offered cash to scrap cars’ in Government crackdown on pollution

Some diesel car drivers are reportedly to be offered compensation to scrap or modify high-polluting vehicles in new plans to reduce emissions.


Beijing hit by new air pollution crisis as huge sandstorm blows in

Dozens of flights are reported cancelled and residents urged to stay indoors to avoid breathing in dangerous particles

Energy Saving


Council-owned Bristol Energy aims to be in profit by 2021

A council-owned energy company set up a year ago has said it is on course to return a profit by 2021.


Oil company Santos admits business plan is based on 4C temperature rise

Chairman Peter Coates says company’s plan is ‘consistent with good value’, but experts call it ‘a breathtaking failure to come to grips with a world in transition’.

Mental Health


Brexitwatch For Travel – Watch Your Health Rights!

I must confess to being slightly amused over recent expressions, that UK Travel Consumers will lose their right to access either free or low cost medical treatment when travelling in the European Union, following Brexit!


6 Ways To Deal With Digital Stress

Social media never sleeps, and as a result, neither do you! If you’re feeling tired, lethargic and seriously lacking in motivation, take a break with these 6 tricks.


Nokia 3310 Arrives In Mid June For £59.99: Hands-On With The Retro Mobile Reboot

We tryout the Nokia 3310 to see if Nokia can really bring back a re-worked classic mobile.


Microsoft Surface Laptop Challenges Apple MacBook & Google Chromebooks

Featuring a svelte design and sports car fabric on its keyboard, the Surface Laptop looks to shake-up the ultraportable market.

Financial Conduct


Old five pound note deadline arrives: Spend your fivers today!

People are being advised to spend their old paper five pound notes before they stop being legal tender after today.


House prices vs inheritance tax thresholds: which have risen faster?

Labour’s John McDonnell has pledged to increase inheritance tax by reversing what he described as the Conservatives’ recent “giveaways”. But he was vague as to exactly how Labour might change the tax.


Brexit challenges agri-food industry, say Lords

Tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade pose a particular challenge for Northern Ireland’s agri-food industry, according to a House of Lords report.


Theresa May Accuses EU Of Using ‘Threats’ To Deliberately Interfere In UK General Election

Theresa May has accused the European Union of seeking to influence the result of the UK general election through threats, as she formally fired the starting gun on the campaign and asked voters to back her over Jeremy Corbyn.

The Lighter Side    

Australian MP knocks himself out laughing at TV comedy Veep

The hit show’s star Julia Louis-Dreyfus advises the politician to “take care” after he is left with a black eye and stitches.


Paws to vote: The best dogs at polling stations

Local elections are underway and that can only mean one thing – a swathe of pictures of cute pets at polling stations have taken over social media.


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