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Business Information Theft

A European Commission draft directive is proposing fresh protection measures against the unlawful acquisition and use of confidential business information and trade secrets. The directive introduces a common definition of commercial trade secrets, and simplifies the process of courts being able to deal with the misappropriation of private business information.  It also seeks to streamline businesses receiving damages for illegal ... Read More »

Leasing: An Alternative Means of Financing SMEs

According to Eurostat, one of the main reasons SMEs report as creating difficulties in their accessing financing is their inability to provide sufficient collateral or guarantees to the lender.  One knows too well that little is known about the success factors of an SME and its credit history which may be even a greater reasons for the lack of access ... Read More »

Facebook For Business Expands

Facebook has expanded Facebook for Business, its site for news and info about marketing with Facebook, into eight new countries: Korea, Japan, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Brazil. The site has also launched in 11 new languages: Korean, Japanese, Taiwanese Chinese, Simplified Chinese, UK English, German, French, European Spanish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese and Latin American Spanish. Facebook for Business ... Read More »

Country Risk Climate: ‘Nearly three quarters of European firms affected by fraud’

The number of companies affected by fraudulent activity has jumped year-on-year to 71 per cent, according to over 900 senior executives polled globally in the latest Kroll Global Fraud Report. This is sharply up from their previous year’s findings, which indicated 63 per cent of European companies were affected by fraud. The new 2013 report further noted an increase in ... Read More »

Tinubu Square Implements Risk Management for Eurotoll

European heavy goods vehicle (HGV) tolling credit risk management is being streamlined via a new, advanced system from Tinubu Square.   The Tinubu Square has implemented at Eurotoll credit management processes that provide real-time visibility into trade credit exposure, reduced cost of credit and the number of accounts in arrears and optimized credit insurance premiums and coverage.  With the use of ... Read More »

Unintended Consequences: New Proposed EU Data Protection Rules May Retard Access to Finance for Consumers

A major overhaul of current EU data protection rules was voted by the EU Civil Liberties Committee this week. The new rules are to replace the current “patchwork of national laws” and the EU Civil Liberties Committee is pushing for a fast track ratification by member states. The new rules are supposed to put people in control of their personal ... Read More »

FICO Partners with Big Data Startup ERN to Offer Analytics-Driven Marketing Platform

FICO’s Analytic Offer Manager and Customer Dialogue Manager to be embedded in Looop Big Data analytics platform FICO (NYSE:FICO) entered into a partnership with transactional Big Data startup ERN.   The partner will embed FICO’s marketing solutions within its real-time Big Data analytics platform Looop, giving marketers in financial services and retail the ability to execute highly personalized merchant-funded marketing strategies ... Read More »

News from the EASDP Congress

BIIA Chairman David Worlock commented on some of the more salient happenings at the recent EASDP congress in his latest blog: Good Bye Native Websites! One of the more surprising and perhaps the more shocking news was the announcement that EASDP was to merge with EIDQ, Europe’s directory enquiries services.  Obviously the Yellow Pages industry is unraveling too fast to ... Read More »

France Recommends to EU to Tax U.S. Internet Companies

France plans to push for new Europe-wide regulations and tax rules on U.S. Internet giants when European Union leaders meet next month to discuss the bloc’s digital challenges. According to The Wall Street Journal, France is calling on the European Commission, the bloc’s executive arm, to draw up proposals by spring 2014 aimed at “establishing a tax regime for digital ... Read More »