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£100 million Account Freezing Orders “largest granted” to National Crime Agency

The National Crime Agency (NCA) has been granted Account Freezing Orders (AFOs) on eight bank accounts containing a total of more than £100 million which is suspected to have been derived from bribery and corruption in an overseas nation. The AFOs were obtained at Westminster...
Posted On 14 Aug 2019
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NCA secures Unexplained Wealth Order against properties owned by Northern Irish woman

A Northern Irish woman with suspected links to serious organised crime has been ordered to explain how she financed the purchase of six properties worth around £3.2 million in total. The National Crime Agency (NCA) believes the woman is associated with criminals involved in...
Posted On 31 Jul 2019
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NCA secures first serious organised crime Unexplained Wealth Order for property worth £10 million

A businessman from the North of England with suspected links to serious organised criminals has been ordered to reveal the source of funds used to start and develop his £10 million property empire. An Unexplained Wealth Order (UWO) was obtained at the High Court on Friday 12 July...
Posted On 19 Jul 2019
Aziz Rahman
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Unexplained Wealth Orders: Will the trickle ever become a flood?

According to Donald Toon, the National Crime Agency’s (NCA) director of economic and cyber crime, unexplained wealth orders (UWOs) are the much-needed weapon for waging war on the flow of dirty money into the UK. With Toon’s organisation having just begun its second...
Posted On 11 Jun 2019
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Privacy International wins “historic” victory over Government at Supreme Court

After a five-year battle with the Government, Privacy International has won at the Supreme Court, which has ruled that the Investigatory Powers Tribunal’s (IPT) decisions are subject to judicial review in the High Court. The Supreme Court’s judgement is said to be “a major...
Posted On 17 May 2019
Aziz Rahman
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Is the Serious Fraud Office Offering Value for Money?

Whether the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is value for money is a question that’s being asked following developments that could give ammunition to its detractors, asserts Aziz Rahman. The SFO has just announced that it has dropped investigations into Rolls-Royce and drugs...
Posted On 04 Mar 2019
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2018’s Major Security Breaches: How They Could Have Been Avoided

2018 was a year of both highs and lows for information security, asserts Guy Bunker. The enforcement of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took full effect in May which brought the importance of protecting sensitive customer data to the forefront of people’s minds...
Posted On 11 Feb 2019
Evan Wright
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Unexplained Wealth Orders: The Route Towards Greater Impact

Thursday 31 January witnessed the one-year anniversary of Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWOs), which were introduced to help authorities identify and seize property suspected to have been bought by laundered criminal funds. They hit the headlines last year following the arrest of...
Posted On 04 Feb 2019
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In The Spotlight: ASIS International UK Chapter

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, all organisations have a legal obligation to adequately protect their members of staff when they’re travelling for business purposes. Any failure to do this is legally recognised as negligence, writes Leo Kelly, which the Legal...
Posted On 04 Dec 2018
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Big Brother Watch begins “landmark legal challenge” to police use of facial recognition surveillance technology

Privacy and civil liberties campaign group Big Brother Watch and Baroness Jenny Jones have issued proceedings in the High Court in a crowdfunded legal challenge to the Home Secretary and the Metropolitan Police Service’s use of what it describes as “Orwellian” facial recognition...
Posted On 26 Jul 2018
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