The fake news pandemic, and how to handle it

Last month, Ofcom warned against the prevalence of false or misleading information about Coronavirus. According to the media regulator, many people are unable to tell the difference between fact and fiction when it comes to COVID-19, and the latest estimates are that fake news has reached a billion social media users.

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Hong Kong and China: a perspective

Amy Pope explains cyber security, geopolitical, and global business impact of UK opposition to China’s moves in Hong Kong, and what companies can do about it.

Piracy in 2020: The trends you need to know

Piracy has existed for as long as there has been maritime trade; it conjures images of sail ships, the jolly roger, treasure and buccaneers on the seven seas. Pirates in the twenty first century, however, are more familiar with semi-automatic weapons than a cutlass, while their treasure is less gold doubloons than hostages and the latest electric goods.

An EU first: sanctions, cyber-attacks and a global approach to prevention

At the end of July, the EU announced it was imposing its first ever sanctions against cyber-attacks. The sanctions, including a travel ban and an asset freeze, were put in place against the six individuals and three entities responsible for or involved in cyber-attacks such as WannaCry, NotPetya, Operation Cloud Hopper and the attempted attack against the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

Cyber is a business risk like any other

A strange aura has built up around IT, or “cyber” as it is now more commonly known. While a whole industry has grown up to support technology and provide cyber security, it’s all too often seen as a siloed business division. The common stereotypes still apply – the ‘geeky’ IT guy telling everyone to try “switching it off and on again” – but are they really fair? With cyber risks growing larger and complex every day, it’s time to re-think how businesses think of IT.

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Food & Drink Update – September 2020

Guidance on the latest food and drink rules, including post-furlough planning and workforce measures manufacturers, Brexit and the workforce – how to prepare for upcoming changes, protecting innovation in the food & drink industry, and more.

Coronavirus business interruption test case – judgment in the “insurance case of the century”

Flaux LJ and Butcher J today handed down judgment in the test case brought by the FCA to explore whether hundreds of thousands of businesses can recover under their business interruption policies for losses caused by the pandemic, in the “insurance case of the century” – the only claim heard under the Financial List Test Case Scheme. Many of those businesses will, today, be celebrating a fantastic win for them.

Cayman Islands Update: Economic substance guidance notes V3 issued

On 13 July 2020, the Cayman Islands Department for International Tax Cooperation (the “DITC”) issued version 3.0 of the Guidance on Economic Substance for Geographically Mobile Activities (the “Guidance”) pursuant to the ES Law (as defined below). This replaces the previous version 2.0 of the Guidance issued on 30 April 2019.

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