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The French data protection authority fined Google 50 million Euros or about $57 million, for not properly disclosing to users how data is collected across its services, including its search engine, Google Maps and YouTube, in order to present personalized advertisements. This is the largest penalty  to date under the European Union privacy law, The General Data Protection Regulation, that went into effect last May.  Facebook is also the subject of a number of investigations by the data protection authorities in Europe.

Google said it was determining whether to appeal the decision.

In July of last year, Google was fined a record 4.3 billion euros ($5 billion/£3.8 billion) on Wednesday by the European Union’s competition watchdog, which accused it of using its dominant position in the marketplace to quash competition. That fine was appealed.

 A British national Nick Stride, who rendered information to an American journalist in 2-14, exposing Igor Shuvalov’s story may soon be deported along with his family from Australia according to SBS news. https://www.sbs.com.au/news/australia-reportedly-set-to-deport-kremlin-whistleblower-and-family Stride was a glazing expert hired as a contractor by Shuvalov, to work on a palace near Moscow in 2006. He is married to Russian Ludmila Kovaleva. The person who hired him was Russia’s former Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov and has been living in Perth with his family since 2012. Mr   Stride was the source behind 2014 expose in the Foreign Policy magazine on Mr Shuvalov’s unexplained wealth.
In that article, published in Foreign Policy (    ) it is alleged that Shuvalov, then Vladimir Putin’s economic aid and now Russia’s first deputy prime minister, used offshore companies to buy close to $2 million in building materials from a Belgian contractor to build a greenhouse on the estate. It is alleged that Mr Shuvalov, who was Deputy Prime Minister at the time, had amassed a wealth of at least $220 million through questionable business practices.Mr. Stride and his family first fled to the United Kingdom in 2010 but feared they were still “within Russian reach” sought political asylum in Australia. Their asylum bid was rejected in 2012.
Mr Stride and his children face deportation to the United Kingdom, while his wife Ludmila Kovaleva, who is a Russian national also faces being deported. Journalist Michael Weiss, who was the author of the 2014 article, tweeted earlier this week that his source, Mr Stride, was in “immediate danger” and had asked for help.Mr. Weiss said he only revealed his source at Mr Stride’s request because of the urgency of his situation.

HuaweiInformation is a priceless commodity in today’s world, and while it may not be something that can be protected physically, many would go to extreme lengths to keep their information more secure than even some of the largest banks. The U.S. is no different, risking an already sensitive relationship with China in order to remove any risk of intellectual property theft.

The Chinese company Huawei specializes in telecommunication equipment and other technology-based services and products. The U.S. and other western government figures have grown suspicious of this company, and have remarked their concern for the possibility of using this technology to spy and gain private information. This fear of a breach in security has led to a number of incidents, and none have led to anything but tension between the western world and China.

The President’s national security adviser John Bolton has already begun a campaign to remove all Huawei technology by informing the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, that they are no longer comfortable with using Chinese-made telecom equipment for sensitive sectors.  A senior administration official states “We are all concerned about theft of intellectual property and Chinese telecoms companies that are being used by China for intelligence-gathering purposes,”

Turkish-journalist-sentenced-300x200After a lawsuit was filed against investigative journalist, Pelin Ünker, for her reporting on the Paradise Papers, an Istanbul court has found her guilty of defaming Turkey’s former Prime Minister, Binali Yildirim. For speaking against Yildirim and reporting on his confirmed offshore activities, Ünker has been sentenced to thirteen months in jail and a substantial fee. However, this unjust ruling is truly unique, as it appears to have involved several political motivations in an effort to send a message to other Turkish journalists and silence similar reports in the future.

The Paradise Papers

But, what exactly are the Paradise Papers? The Paradise Papers are essentially a vast collection of leaked documents including emails, deeds, loan agreements, financial statements, and additional documents that reveal how several politicians, celebrities, and entire corporations stored hidden profits in offshore tax havens. The documents were initially leaked to a German newspaper from offshore service providers. However, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) agreed to review the documents before publishing any written work on the released documents. This movement brought together the investigative journalists and media partners of six continents; Pelin Ünker was one of these journalists.

Regulators found that the company had used “defeat” devices to cover up its true emissions figures, even though FCA insisted it had done nothing illegal.

“Fiat Chrysler tried to evade these standards by installing software to cheat emissions testing,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said.

pharmacy-fraud-300x199The pharmaceutical industry in Pasadena is much like the rest of the United States. There are certainly an influx of individuals who receive Medicare using these services for particular ailments and diseases that accompany being older than 65 years old. However, a local Pasadena pharmacy, Akhtamar Pharmacy, was abusing the Medicare funds provided for those particular individuals. Although the pharmacy owner did not act alone, she was able to steal $1.3 million dollars from the Medicare system.

Pasadena Pharmacy Owner Convicted for Medicare Fraud

Although the pharmaceutical industry is driven by a purpose to help those who need medication, it can also be a place for fraudulent acts to occur. With so much paperwork to be completed, many individuals find themselves taking advantage of the system by falsifying numbers or providing inaccurate invoices. Unfortunately, this was the case in a Pasadena pharmacy. A 39-year-old pharmacy owner, Tamar Tatarian, was convicted on one count of healthcare fraud and two counts of wire fraud at Akhtamar Pharmacy in Pasadena. It is believed that she committed the fraudulent acts which amounted to $1.3 million dollars in total.

new-brestmilk-device-300x200As matured human beings, we generally have a plethora of options when it comes to where we receive our nutrients, but for those in the fragile first 12 months of life, the choices are severely limited. Basically, the choices come down to either the less nutrient sufficient formula, or the more nutrient complex breast milk. So those who desire a more nutrient-rich diet for their infant will generally have to choose breast milk.

Recently the U.S. Food and Drug Administration permitted marketing of the Miris Human Milk Analyzer after reviewing it through the De Novo premarket review pathway, a regulatory pathway for new low-to-moderate-risk devices. This device and diagnostic test is designed to examine breast milk in order to accurately measure its nutrient composition. Breast milk composition will often vary depending on the individual, and so a test which can examine their nutritional value can be a valuable guide. The findings from this test can include concentrations of fat, carbohydrate, protein, total solids, and energy; providing healthcare professionals and parents of newborns with vital information.

The Miris Human Milk Analyzer is a prescription device used by professionals that operates by analyzing samples of human milk through an infrared spectroscopy system. This system will produce quantitative measurements of the contents contained in the milk. There are conditions that limit the information taken by the machine though, such as an interference from medication that is generally used by nursing mothers.

fish fraudFood fraud is the act of mislabeling an edible item in order to sell cheap alternatives for a higher price, and it costs the industry around $35 billion a year. Out of all food items for sale, the easiest victim of fraud is the seafood market. This is not only due to its increasing popularity stirred by the sushi craze, but also do to where Americans receive this massive amount of fish from. Nearly 90%, or 6 billion pounds per year, of the fish eaten annually by Americans is imported, which makes it extremely susceptible to overlooked mislabeling and fraud. This is all according to reports from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

The most recent findings of this fishy food fraud come from the office of the New York Attorney General. Spending the last year conducting thorough research into the subject of fish in the nation, the New York AG’s office bought seafood at 29 supermarket brands across 155 different locations. The list of fish bought included snapper, grouper, cod, wild salmon, halibut, sole, striped bass, and white tuna, assuring that the most commonly bought fish where investigated. The results were less than satisfactory after DNA testing at the Ocean Genome Legacy Center, a laboratory at Northeastern University, found that many were mislabeled. The results including 27.6% of samples sold as wild salmon, 67% of red snapper, and 87.5% of lemon sole, being marked as fish fraud. This report also shows that two-thirds of the entire state’s supermarkets had at least one occurrence of fish mislabeling. That being said, fish fraud is nothing new.

Many citizens who are concerned about the quality of their food, or the quality of their health, may recall back in 2013 when the nonprofit ocean protection group Oceana released their findings concerning the tuna sold in restaurants and grocery stores. Oceana took a nationwide sample and found that 59% of what was categorized as tuna, was, in fact, an unappealing escolar. Escolar is not only a less appetizing alternative to tuna, but it also can lead to some unpleasant health issues such as oily rear leakage. Sadly, this was only the second largest misrepresentation of seafood in the nation, behind the time 87% of snapper was misrepresented as any of six other species. Oceana also conducted one of the biggest seafood fraud investigations from 2010 to 2012 and found that based on U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines, 33% of the samples analyzed were mislabeled. Basically, this is no fluke, but as unsettling as this all may sound, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

SEC Pump-and-Dump Scheme The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged ten individuals, named as “microcap fraudsters” in the SEC press release, for numerous market manipulation schemes that lead to the group profiting over $27 million in unlawful stock sales. The classic “pump and dump” scheme went on for years and involved well-known figures in the cryptocurrency and biotech field.

The Microcap Fraudsters

Of the ten individuals charged in this complex and manipulative scheme, three names stand out from the group. At the forefront of the microcap fraud is Barry Honig, who once served as one of the largest shareholders of the cryptocurrency company, Riot Blockchain. According to the SEC, Honig was the primary leader of the market manipulation scheme, bringing together the group of those charged and strategizing their elaborate fraudulent activities.

American SuperConducter Inc.A Chinese company, Sinovel Wind Group Co., has been ordered to pay American SuperConducter Inc. (AMSC) $57.5 million after being convicted of multiple charges regarding the theft of proprietary software. This theft resulted in substantial losses for AMSC, including $800 million in revenue and $1 billion in stock market value. Today, the Chinese company has recently made its last installment payment of the agreed-upon settlement, however, the trade theft first began in 2011 in what was expected to be a profitable partnership between the two companies.

Initial Partnership

Originally, AMSC and Sinovel Wind Group Co. worked together in what seemed like a mutually beneficial business partnership. The agreement was that Sinovel Wind Group Co. would produce windmills and purchase $800 million in software from AMSC to control and operate the windmills. However, in 2011, Sinovel Wind Group Co. abruptly ended their agreement and claimed that they no longer needed the software from AMSC to control their windmills.