2021 Publications

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  • 27 Sep 2021 9:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The purpose of this report is to enhance our understanding of the benefits and drawbacks of introducing a mandatory requirement on organisations to report fraud in England and Wales. Survey respondents were generally in favour of making the reporting of fraud mandatory. However, support was qualified by a need to clearly articulate the purpose and benefits of doing so in order to garner organisational support and compliance, and to determine the scope and form of reporting. The ability to successfully agree these was identified as a potential barrier. Other barriers included concerns about the reputational consequences of reporting, and many were not convinced that the potential benefits outweighed the likely costs.

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  • 19 Sep 2021 11:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The report is a collaboration between the IPO, enforcement agencies and industry representatives that make up the IP Crime Group and details the work done by these entities to combat IP crime, including current and emerging counterfeiting and piracy threats in the UK and overseas, and successful cases concluded.

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  • 16 Aug 2021 12:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The UK Government has published its Beating Crime Plan (the “Plan”). The Plan sets out the UK government’s strategy for cutting crime. One of the key focuses, as set out in the Plan, is the UK government’s proposal to tackle fraud. According to the Plan, fraud accounts for approximately 42% of all crime against individuals. A report published by the Centre for Counter Fraud Studies at the University of Portsmouth in 2019 suggested that fraud costs UK businesses £130 billion each year.  

    A New Action Plan will tackle fraud, which is the biggest crime in England and Wales, to reduce the serious harm this crime causes and to make it safer for us all as we go about our lives. The threat posed by fraud to our economy and the public is one we are determined to address, working with the public and industry to prevent the crime and by disrupting, pursuing and bringing to justice the most harmful. The National Crime Agency will be strengthened through the recruitment of additional officers and new capabilities that can take on these tech-enabled criminal networks. Catching criminals is only the first step. The next stage is taking them to court. We are going to speed up the process and reduce waiting times in the court system.

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  • 02 Aug 2021 10:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) published Findings from ICO consensual data protection audits and follow-up audits of police forces.

    The report highlights the key findings and commonalities from 14 individual audit reports and 11 subsequent follow-up audits of police forces in England and Wales conducted between May 2018 to October 2020.


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  • 26 Jul 2021 10:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) published its report into the Proceeds of Crime (POC) Divisions of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the Serious Fraud Office (SFO). The report was based on an evaluation of 80 CPS and 13 SFO cases and found that both proceeds of crime teams were effective in identifying and seizing the proceeds of crime. The report also noted that the SFO's Roskill model, whereby investigators and prosecutors collaborate in respect of a criminal investigation, prosecution and any proceeds of crime work, was a significant benefit to the management of the SFO's POC files, and should continue. Overall, the report found that both the CPS and SFO proceeds of crime divisions were effective in identifying and seizing the proceeds of crime.

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  • 26 Jul 2021 10:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The report considers the performance of the NCA against its strategic priorities for the relevant period including reducing the harm caused by economic crime with a focus on fraud, money laundering and cybercrime as well as the objective of reducing the number of victims of modern slavery, human trafficking and organised immigration crime.

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  • 19 Jul 2021 10:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In the business plan, the FCA sets out how it intends to become a more innovative, assertive and adaptive regulator to enable it to address the challenges that it now faces. This will involve significant changes to the FCA's own operations and approach to regulation, with a particular focus on using data more effectively and a new accountability framework, with specified outcomes and metrics for measuring the FCA's progress on those outcomes. From April 2022, the FCA will report on its progress against these outcomes and metrics.

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  • 19 Jul 2021 9:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The pandemic showed the power of data in supporting innovative responses to the challenges society faced, notably through national exposure notification apps and contact tracing. This annual report includes details of the ICO’s role in providing advice and expertise to Government and public authorities on these projects, ensuring the consideration of people’s rights was built in at an early stage of their development. The report also outlines work to promote data sharing in the pandemic response, protect vulnerable people from COVID-19 related scams and frauds, and provide privacy information to the public around COVID-19 related issues.

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  • 19 Jul 2021 9:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The topic is a significant issue for companies and has been the subject of debate following numerous calls for the Government to explore again the question of when criminal liability should be attributed to companies.

    Concern has been expressed that the identification principle does not adequately deal with misconduct carried out by and on behalf of companies, and does not strike an appropriate balance. In particular, some have suggested that it has proved disproportionately difficult to prosecute large companies such as banks for economic crimes committed in their names, by relatively senior managers, for the company’s benefit

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  • 01 Jun 2021 9:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The report uses intelligence from across law enforcement, government, the third sector and private industry to set out the UK's understanding of the threat posed by organised criminals. While the National Strategic Assessment highlights that the environment in which the NCA and partners operate has become more challenging as criminals adapted during the pandemic and exploited rapid advances in technology, the NCA has also had its most successful 12 months for disrupting key threats.

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