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Mike Pence attacks UK for 'breaking US sanctions against Iran'

Mike Pence, the US vice president, has accused Britain, France and Germany of trying to sabotage American sanctions against Iran and called on the European states to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal.  In an unusually blunt attack on America’s traditional European allies, Mr Pence told a summit in Warsaw that the three countries were leading “an effort to break American sanctions against Iran’s murderous revolutionary regime”.  He focused his criticism on a financial mechanism created by the t...
Tags: Europe, UK, News, France, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Israel, US, America, Eu, Iran, United States, Poland, Jeremy Hunt, Benjamin Netanyahu, Yemen


Is Europe closing in on an antitrust fix for surveillance technologists?

The German Federal Cartel Office’s decision to order Facebook to change how it processes users’ personal data this week is a sign the antitrust tide could at last be turning against platform power. One European Commission source we spoke to, who was commenting in a personal capacity, described it as “clearly pioneering” and “a big deal”, even without Facebook being fined a dime. The FCO’s decision instead bans the social network from linking user data across different platforms it owns, unles...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, UK, Instagram, Tech, Eu, Facebook Messenger, Commission, European Commission, EC, Margrethe Vestager, Zuckerberg, Fco, BBC Radio


Germany just deleted Facebook

Germany's Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt, the country's antitrust regulator) has that Facebook can't combine user data aggregated from different sources (Facebook usage data, data from pages with Facebook Like buttons, data purchased from third parties, etc), because users can't reasonably anticipate the way these different datastreams might be combined, nor the kinds of inferences that could be gleaned thereby. Facebook's practice of using clickthrough agreements to perform a ki...
Tags: Facebook, Post, News, Germany, Fco, Facebook Like, Federal Cartel Office, Emily Dreyfuss, DeleteFacebook, Schadenfacebook, Bundeskartellamt, Facebookloschen


Germany orders Facebook to stop collecting some personal data without consent

Regulators in Germany ruled that Facebook must cut the data it gathers about people who aren't using its app or website or get their consent. Facebook says it intends to appeal the ruling. The watchdog has carried out a probe into the social network following concerns that members were unaware of the extent of the firm's activities. It covered data gathered from third-party sources as well as via Facebook's other apps, including Instagram. The US firm has said it will appeal. Specifically, the ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Post, News, Privacy, Germany, US, Fco


Germany sets new limits on Facebook data collection

Germany's Federal Competition Office (FCO) said Thursday it would impose new limits on how Facebook collects data from subsidiaries Whatsapp and Instagram, as well as third-party websites with embedded Facebook features such as "Like" buttons. Rather than requiring users to accept that such data can be folded into their Facebook accounts under a one-off agreement to the social network's terms and conditions, users must in future be asked for their specific consent in both cases, the authority s...
Tags: Facebook, News, Instagram, Germany, Fco, Andreas Mundt, Federal Competition Office FCO


FCO urged to increase travel warnings for Dubai after football fan's arrest

Arsenal supporter allegedly picked up by police for wearing Qatar shirt
Tags: Travel, Qatar, Dubai, Fco


FCO updates travel advice in light of no-deal Brexit

Travellers warned of changes to entry visas and healthcare
Tags: Travel, Brexit, Fco


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One of Amazon's most powerful tools is putting a target on its back, and it could turn into a problem for the company (AMZN)

Regulators in Europe have zeroed in on a specific part of Amazon's business that they say could be anti-competitive. The scrutiny involves the company's dual role as both a direct retailer — buying goods wholesale and selling them to consumers — and as a platform for other retailers to sell their goods. The issue is the data and how Amazon uses it. In the United States, Sen. Elizabeth Warren has had a similar take on Amazon's role. Amazon's third-party marketplace is core to its retail growth...
Tags: Amazon, Europe, Germany, Elizabeth Warren, Trends, United States, New York Times, Alibaba, European Commission, Warren, Margrethe Vestager, Fco, Vestager, Brussels Belgium, Sorkin, Andrew Ross Sorkin


Foreign Office 'softly-softly' tactics in spotlight after Hedges ordeal

Families say FCO’s ‘institutional bias’ for keeping cases private could be a smokescreen for diplomats to do littleOn Monday night as Matthew Hedges waited at Dubai airport for a flight back to London ending his six-month ordeal in the United Arab Emirates, his wife, Daniela Tejada, was in an Italian restaurant close to the BBC headquarters, sharing her nervous expectation for a couple of hours with the spouses of other British detainees. Richard Ratcliffe, the husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratclif...
Tags: Politics, London, UK News, World news, Bbc, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Tehran, Foreign Office, Fco, Andy Tsege, Hedges, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Richard Ratcliffe


United States: San Francisco's Amended Fair Chance Ordinance Takes Effect With Updated Notice Requirements - Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart

On October 1, 2018, San Francisco's amendments to its Fair Chance Ordinance (FCO) took effect. The FCO is San Francisco's "ban the box" equivalent that regulates employers' use of applicants'
Tags: News, San Francisco, United States, Fco, Stewart, Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak


UK urged to support British academic charged with spying in UAE

Daniela Tejada calls on FCO to say her husband, Durham University’s Matthew Hedges, is innocentThe wife of a British academic charged with spying in the United Arab Emirates has urged the government to state that he is innocent of the charges.Matthew Hedges, a 31-year-old PhD student from Exeter, who is at Durham University, was arrested on 5 May at Dubai airport at the end of a study trip. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, UK News, Middle East and North Africa, Higher Education, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Uae, Exeter, Fco, Durham University, Matthew Hedges, Daniela Tejada


Passport application rush expected as FCO outlines no-deal scenarios

EU entry rules will change after March 29 if no deal is reached
Tags: Travel, Eu, Fco


Earthquake hits Japan days after typhoon

Second airport closes and FCO updates advice
Tags: Travel, Japan, Fco


Heatwave warning for holidaymakers as Med braced for record-breaking temperatures

FCO issues new advice for those heading to Spain and Portugal
Tags: Travel, Spain, Fco


Travelling to Russia this summer? Make sure you’re on the ball.

World First Travel Insurance Blog - For The Most Comprehensive Travel Insurance Around If you’re travelling to Russia for the football this summer, there’s some essential advice issued by the government that you should be aware of to make sure you enjoy the fiesta of football without getting caught offside.  It’s been a great tournament so far: entertaining on the pitch and trouble-free off it. To help make sure it stays that way, the government has issued a bunch of essential advice and usefu...
Tags: Travel, UK, England, Russia, Football, Sports, Holiday, World Cup, British Embassy, Travel Insurance, Travel Blog, Foreign Office, World First Travel Insurance, Fco, Foreign Commonwealth Office, Nizhny Novgorod


FCO update gives 'confidence boost' to Tunisia

Govt removes advice against travel to certain areas
Tags: Travel, Tunisia, Fco


Ebola: Foreign Office warns against travel to Democratic Republic of Congo region hit by latest outbreak

Democratic Congo is suffering a new Ebola outbreak, and the FCO has just warned British travellers to steer clear of the area. Should British travellers be worried? And what options are open to people who are concerned about their travel plans? [Author: Simon Calder]
Tags: Congo, Foreign Office, Democratic Republic Of Congo, Fco, Simon Calder


Tropical storm to pass by Mauritius

Kuoni monitoring the situation as FCO issues advice to holidaymakers
Tags: Travel, Mauritius, Kuoni, Fco


FCO updates advice for parts of Middle East following Syria strikes

Visitors warned of protests and demonstrations
Tags: Travel, Syria, Middle East, Fco


Russian embassy seeks meeting with Johnson over Skripal attack

Foreign Office yet to respond to request for ambassador to discuss Salisbury poisoning caseThe Russian embassy in London has requested a meeting with the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, to discuss the attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal, the Foreign Office has confirmed.“We have received a request,” an FCO spokeswoman said. “We will be responding in due course.” Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, London, Russia, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Foreign Office, Fco, Sergei, Sergei Skripal, Skripal, Yulia Skripal


White Oak takes minority stake in FCO

White Oak Equity Partners has acquired a minority stake in FCO Advisors LP, a private municipal credit focused investment fund. No financial terms were disclosed. PRESS RELEASE NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–FCO Advisors LP (“FCO”), a leader in alternative municipal strategies with over $1 billion in assets under management, and White Oak Equity Partners (“White Oak”), a private equity firm that purchases non-controlling GP interests in alternative asset managers, today announced that White Oak has ac...
Tags: New York, Trends, Delaware, Fco, Negroni, White Oak, Bruce Wilson, PE Deals, Park Hill Group, White Oak Equity Partners, Robert Stockton, FCO Advisors LP, Hector Negroni