Privacy http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/28386/all en UPDATE 3-U.S. to seek UBS records in search for Wegelin tax dodgers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/update-3-us-seek-ubs-records-search-wegelin-tax-dodgers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Federal judge authorises IRS to seek records from UBS</p> <p>* IRS can serve John Doe summons on UBS over Wegelin clients</p> <p>* Part of broader probe into Swiss bank secrecy</p> <p>* Wegelin pleaded guilty on Jan. 3</p> <p>By Joseph Ax</p> <p>NEW YORK, Jan 29 (Reuters) - A federal judge has authorized the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to seek records from UBS AG of U.S. taxpayers suspected of hiding their income in accounts with Swiss bank Wegelin.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/update-3-us-seek-ubs-records-search-wegelin-tax-dodgers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Investment Privacy Tax evasion UBS AG Thomson Reuters Tue, 29 Jan 2013 09:31:20 +0000 5740924 at http://www.globalpost.com Brothers sentenced in Switzerland over Moroccan drug ring http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/brothers-sentenced-switzerland-over-moroccan-drug-ring <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Part of network smuggling cannabis to France, Spain</p> <p>* Brothers admitted getting cash in plastic bags</p> <p>* One ex HSBC employee, other worked for Geneva firm</p> <p>By Emma Farge</p> <p>GENEVA, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Two brothers who worked for financial firms were sentenced to prison on Tuesday for laundering money through Swiss bank accounts for a Moroccan drug smuggling ring, Geneva authorities said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/brothers-sentenced-switzerland-over-moroccan-drug-ring" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Europe Labor Law Privacy Switzerland Thomson Reuters Tue, 29 Jan 2013 20:15:43 +0000 5741207 at http://www.globalpost.com Switzerland, US sign pact against tax evasion http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/switzerland-us-sign-pact-against-tax-evasion <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Swiss government said on Thursday it had signed a controversial deal with the United States requiring all Swiss banks to report the holdings of their US clients to US tax authorities.</p> <p>The agreement, which was initialled in Washington late last year, aims to simplify Switzerland's implementation of the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), a source of dispute between the two countries since it was announced in March 2010.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/switzerland-us-sign-pact-against-tax-evasion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Finance International taxation Privacy AFP Thu, 14 Feb 2013 19:02:17 +0000 5755768 at http://www.globalpost.com FAA seeks proposals to create six US drone test sites http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130214/faa-seeks-proposals-create-six-us-drone-test-sites <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON, Feb 14 (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday asked for proposals to develop six research and test sites for unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, around the United States.</p> <p>Congress directed the FAA in 2012 to establish the program to conduct critical research into how best to safely integrate the unmanned aircarft into the national airspace.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130214/faa-seeks-proposals-create-six-us-drone-test-sites" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ethics Privacy U.S. Federal Aviation Administration Thomson Reuters Thu, 14 Feb 2013 21:15:11 +0000 5756083 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-Switzerland, U.S. sign pact on fighting tax evasion http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130214/update-2-switzerland-us-sign-pact-fighting-tax-evasion <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Deal protects Swiss banks from 2014 penalties</p> <p>* More than 50 countries seeking deals with U.S.</p> <p>By Patrick Temple-West</p> <p>WASHINGTON, Feb 14 (Reuters) - Advancing a U.S. crackdown on tax evasion by Americans, the U.S. Treasury Department said on Thursday that Switzerland and the United States have signed a pact to make Swiss banks disclose information about U.S. account-holders.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130214/update-2-switzerland-us-sign-pact-fighting-tax-evasion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Economy of Switzerland Europe Privacy Thomson Reuters Thu, 14 Feb 2013 21:15:20 +0000 5756085 at http://www.globalpost.com Hong Kong probes online identity card database http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/hong-kong-probes-online-identity-card-database <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Hong Kong said Friday it is investigating an online database containing the identity card numbers of over 1,100 residents, including some of the city's tycoons, published to protest a proposed privacy law.</p> <p>The database was compiled by corporate governance activist David Webb and includes the identity numbers of the two sons of Asia's Richest man Li Ka-shing.</p> <p>Mr Webb posted the database online to protest a proposed law which will restrict access to information on company directors, reports said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/hong-kong-probes-online-identity-card-database" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Entertainment Ethics Privacy Security Technology AFP Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:53:08 +0000 5756545 at http://www.globalpost.com URGENT ¥¥¥ EU to act against Google over privacy rules: French agency http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130218/urgent-eu-act-against-google-over-privacy-rules-french-agency <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>European data protection agencies intend to take action against the US Internet giant Google after it failed to follow their orders to comply with EU privacy laws, a French agency said on Monday.</p> <p>At the end of a four-month delay "no response has been forthcoming by the company" and the data protection agencies of the 27 EU nations plan to "coordinate their coercive actions which should be implemented before the summer," said France's CNIL which is leading the effort.</p> <p>kd/rl/hd</p> Data privacy Ethics European Union Privacy Technology AFP Mon, 18 Feb 2013 13:01:04 +0000 5758939 at http://www.globalpost.com EU judges to hear arguments in Google test privacy case http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130226/eu-judges-hear-arguments-google-test-privacy-case <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* EU court hears case between Google and Spanish authorities</p> <p>* Spain referred privacy complaint to EU court March 2012</p> <p>* Hearing cuts to heart of freedom of information debate</p> <p>By Claire Davenport</p> <p>BRUSSELS, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Google will do battle with Spain's data protection authority in Europe's highest court on Tuesday in a landmark case with global implications which poses one of the thorniest questions of the Internet age: When is information really private?</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130226/eu-judges-hear-arguments-google-test-privacy-case" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Computing Ethics Google Privacy Technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 26 Feb 2013 10:45:24 +0000 5766791 at http://www.globalpost.com Swiss to cap cash transactions to fight money laundering http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130227/swiss-cap-cash-transactions-fight-money-laundering <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Cash payments to be capped at 100,000 Sfr</p> <p>* Money laundering, terrorist financing the main targets</p> <p>* Swiss seek to shake off image as haven for untaxed assets</p> <p>ZURICH, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Switzerland said on Wednesday it would crack down on large cash purchases of real estate and other luxury goods as it seeks to step up the fight against money laundering and untaxed assets.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130227/swiss-cap-cash-transactions-fight-money-laundering" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Banking Business Ethics Privacy Technology Thomson Reuters Wed, 27 Feb 2013 16:15:27 +0000 5768613 at http://www.globalpost.com Internet freedom showdown looming: US http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130307/internet-freedom-showdown-looming-us <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A number of countries are aggressively trying to control the Internet, a top US diplomat cautioned Thursday, insisting Washington would give no ground when it comes to curbing freedoms on the Web.</p> <p>"Many Middle Eastern countries, Russia, China and others are I believe going to take an increasingly aggressive stand to try to control the Internet," Alec Ross, the State Department's outgoing senior adviser on innovation, told reporters in Geneva.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130307/internet-freedom-showdown-looming-us" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alec Ross Privacy Technology AFP Thu, 07 Mar 2013 17:47:12 +0000 5776330 at http://www.globalpost.com China, Russia seek greater control of Internet, U.S. says http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130307/china-russia-seek-greater-control-internet-us-says <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Says they spending billions on surveillance technology</p> <p>* Comments highlight disagreement over Internet regulation</p> <p>* New players could be key to future shape of Internet</p> <p>By Stephanie Nebehay</p> <p>GENEVA, March 7 (Reuters) - China and Russia are buying increasingly powerful surveillance technologies to intercept communications and try to take control of the Internet, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130307/china-russia-seek-greater-control-internet-us-says" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Information society Privacy Technology Thomson Reuters Thu, 07 Mar 2013 20:45:28 +0000 5776485 at http://www.globalpost.com Tax probe launched against French budget minister http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130319/tax-probe-launched-against-french-budget-minister <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>French prosecutors said Tuesday they had opened a formal investigation into Budget Minister Jerome Cahuzac for suspected tax fraud, adding that he was probably the person recorded on an incriminating audio tape.</p> <p>Cahuzac, who is in charge of battling tax evasion, has denied any wrongdoing following a report by the Mediapart investigative website that he had an undeclared Swiss bank account until 2010.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130319/tax-probe-launched-against-french-budget-minister" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Economy of Switzerland Jerome Cahuzac Mediapart Privacy Technology AFP Tue, 19 Mar 2013 17:16:32 +0000 5787954 at http://www.globalpost.com Six European countries move against Google over privacy: France's Cnil http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130402/six-european-countries-move-against-google-over-privacy-frances-cnil <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Authorities in six leading European countries have taken steps to force US Internet giant Google to comply with EU privacy rules, France's Cnil data protection agency said on Tuesday.</p> <p>France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom "have launched actions on 2 April 2013 on the basis of the provisions laid down in their respective national legislation" to force Google to make changes to its privacy policy to bring it in line with European regulations, Cnil said in a statement.</p> <p>rl/arp</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> Computing Ethics Privacy Technology AFP Tue, 02 Apr 2013 13:16:51 +0000 5799250 at http://www.globalpost.com Six European states take aim at Google privacy policy http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130402/six-european-states-take-aim-at-google-privacy-policy <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Leila Abboud and Claire Davenport</p> <p>PARIS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European regulators moved a step closer to penalising Google for the way it handles user data after the search engine refused to change its privacy policy.</p> <p>France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Britain said on Tuesday they began a process to decide if Google's policy introduced in March 2012 broke national laws.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130402/six-european-states-take-aim-at-google-privacy-policy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Computing Ethics Google Privacy Technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 02 Apr 2013 16:31:35 +0000 5799594 at http://www.globalpost.com French investigators to get ex-minister's Swiss bank details http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130404/french-investigators-get-ex-ministers-swiss-bank-details <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> France's former budget minister, forced to resign after revelations he held a secret Swiss bank account, has allowed Swiss authorities to pass account details to French judges investigating him for fraud, Geneva's public prosecutor said on Wednesday.</p><P>Jerome Cahuzac quit his post in charge of French state finances two weeks ago on the orders of President Francois Hollande.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130404/french-investigators-get-ex-ministers-swiss-bank-details" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Investment Privacy Social Issues Tax evasion Technology Asianet Thu, 04 Apr 2013 17:07:33 +0000 Asianet 5801765 at http://www.globalpost.com