Controlling and Coercive Behaviour: Widening the Net
Research recently undertaken by the FCA has found that 5.35% of the UK population hold (or have previously held) cryptoassets where in 2019 this figure was 3%. For several years now the Government, the Bank of England and the FCA have been consulting on and considering how best to regulate this burgeoning market.
As the National Crime Agency (“NCA”) releases its 2019 National Strategy Assessment, NCA Director General Lynne Owens is calling for an extra £2.7 billion in law enforcement funding to combat serious and organised crime over the next three years. With 4,542 active UK-based organised crime groups and 181,000 UK people involved in serious and organised crime, law enforcement agencies are starting to creak under the strain. In this blog, we review the National Strategy Assessment’s analysis of current trends in financial offending and we look at the authorities’ response within their current funding arrangements. Against that background, we consider the argument for greater investment in law enforcement capacity.
The Jeff Bezos blackmail story has captured attention for a number of reasons. Not only did Mr Bezos, the world’s richest man, bravely call out his blackmailer in an attempt to neuter embarrassing information with which he was being threatened, he also exposed what he considered a politically motivated vendetta, thereby creating a diversion from the awkward images at the heart of the story.
The recent confirmation by the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) that it is investigating 18 firms involved in the sale of crypto assets, such as Bitcoin, indicates a ramping up of regulatory focus on the controversial sector.
In a move which demonstrates that it has real teeth as a criminal prosecutor, the Information Commissioners’ Office has secured its first prosecution under the Computer Misuse Act 1990.
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