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Risk Digest: WhatsApp and Facebook Aren’t Complying with French Data Protection Law + More

This week your Risk Digest includes articles on WhatsApp and Facebook not complying with French data protection law, wind farms with taller turbines to be built across rural Scotland, the argument of Apple deliberately slowing down old iPhones and more!

Information Security

“The CNIL has given WhatsApp and Facebook one month to bring themselves into compliance with French data protection law or face a fine” Read the full article here.

 

“HM Revenue and Customs is urging people to stay safe during the festive period against a scam that is conning elderly and vulnerable people.” Read the full article here.


Health & Safety

“A HGV driver has been sentenced to 240 hours of community service after the death of a road worker.” Read the full article here.

 

“Ensuring that “the right people” are in place to “make the right decisions” on fire safety in high-rise or complex buildings is vital to prevent a repeat of tragedies like the Grenfell Tower fire, a leading global body for health and safety professionals said today.” Read the full article here.


Food 

“Fabulous Foods (UK) is recalling king soba noodle culture organic buckwheat noodles with amaranth” Read the full article here.

 

“As 2017 comes to a close, Food Tank has collected news highlights from the food and agriculture world to share with you.” Read the full article here.


Environment

“Heavily polluting power plants across China will now have to choose between paying for their emissions or cleaning up their act” Read the full article here.

 

“Researchers in the UK have developed a method of improving the long range accuracy of summer weather forecasts in the UK and Europe.” Read the full article here.


Energy

“A new wave of larger wind farms with taller turbines are to be built across rural Scotland, under radical plans unveiled by SNP ministers to generate half the country’s energy needs from renewable sources.” Read the full article here.

 

“Clean Energy Wire is reporting that renewables will account for 33% of Germany’s total electricity usage once all the numbers for 2017 are in. That’s up from 29% last year.” Read the full article here.


Wellbeing

“As we enter the last working week before Christmas, office talk turns to our plans for the holidays, shopping lists, or what so and so got up to at the Christmas party. Yet do we know how our colleagues are really doing?” Read the full article here.

 

“Singing in groups can help people recover from mental illness, making them feel valued and increasing their confidence, according to research.” Read the full article here.


Tech

“Dan Ziv, UK managing director at TouchNote, explains how tech entrepreneurs can make their product stand out in an increasingly saturated app economy.” Read the full article here.

 

“Apple is often accused of deliberately slowing down older iPhones, with conspiracy theorists claiming it is a ruse to force customers to upgrade.” Read the full article here.


Financial Conduct

Finance

“The Bank of England set out plans to preserve the UK as an open global financial centre by allowing European banks to operate here as normal after Brexit” Read the full article here.

 

“On Wednesday, cryptocurrency Bitcoin fell by about 10% to a value of $15,800.” Read the full article here.


Brexit

“The government has accepted a compromise over its plans to put the Brexit date into law as Theresa May’s flagship piece of legislation cleared a key hurdle in the House of Commons.” Read the full article here.

 

“UK car production for the home market plunged by more than a quarter in November amid Brexit uncertainty and falling real pay.” Read the full article here.


The Lighter Side    

“A dad has caused a stir after decorating the outside of his home with a quote from Home Alone – ‘Merry Christmas ya filthy animals’” Read the full article here.

 

“BBC News looks at the some of the strangest things that have travelled through the UK’s postal system.” Read the full article here.


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