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Military Consumer Month: Armed with knowledge

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Monday, January 23, 2023

Another 800,000 are in the Reserves and nearly 20 million are military veterans.

Key Points: 
  • Another 800,000 are in the Reserves and nearly 20 million are military veterans.
  • That means most companies are very likely to employ or do business with the military community.
  • During Military Consumer Month, you can help the FTC and our partners empower military personnel and their families to avoid crooks.
  • Encourage your friends and colleagues to follow Military Consumer on Facebook and Twitter.

Milestones in FTC history: HSR Act launches effective premerger review

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Monday, January 16, 2023

Under present law, companies need not give advance notification of a planned merger to the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice.

Key Points: 
  • Under present law, companies need not give advance notification of a planned merger to the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice.
  • The HSR Act, and its companion rules promulgated by the FTC, fundamentally changed the process of U.S. merger review and finally allowed the antitrust agencies to fulfill the mandate of Section 7 of the Clayton Act to stop anticompetitive combinations in their incipiency.
  • But passage of the HSR Act was also the end of a journey.
  • The HSR Act was, in fact, the culmination of years of effort by the FTC and others to review mergers before they occurred.
  • Proposals would have been subject to government disapproval, although the government could also later challenge a merger that it had not disapproved.
  • But the idea of premerger review was an idea not ripe for the time: the Hepburn bill did not become law.
  • And in 1914, Congress passed the FTC and Clayton Acts, including Section 7 which outlawed anticompetitive mergers but did not provide for premerger notification.
  • President Eisenhower endorsed premerger notification in 1956, and FTC Chairs repeatedly pressed Congress for such legislation: John Gwynne in 1957 and 1958; Paul Rand Dixon in 1961; and Lewis Engman in 1975.
  • (After the HSR premerger notification program was well established, the Commission decided to rely on HSR filings in lieu of prior approval provisions except in very limited circumstances.)
  • Title I addressed DOJ civil investigative demands; Title II established premerger notification; and Title III created parens patriae authority for state attorneys general.
  • Again, this proposal was supported by my Administration, and I am pleased to see it enacted into law.
  • In the years since its passage, premerger review has become an indispensable part of effective antitrust enforcement.

REPORT on amendments to Parliament’s Rules of Procedure concerning Rule 7 on defence of privileges and immunity and Rule 9 on procedures on immunity - A9-0001/2023

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Monday, January 16, 2023

Decides to amend its Rules of Procedure as shown below;

Key Points: 
  • Decides to amend its Rules of Procedure as shown below;
    2.
  • Decides that the amendments shall enter into force on the day following their adoption;
    3.
  • Instructs its President to forward this decision to the Council and the Commission, for information.
  • Amendment 1
    Parliament's Rules of Procedure
    Rule 7 – paragraph 1
    Present text
    Amendment
    1.
  • Amendment 2
    Parliament's Rules of Procedure
    Rule 9 – paragraph 1
    Present text
    Amendment
    1.
  • Any inquiry as to the scope of Members' privileges or immunities made by a competent authority shall be dealt with in accordance with the above rules.
  • Since the Rules of Procedure do not provide for this possibility, they must be aligned with that provision.
  • With regard to the request for lifting the immunity, the European Chief Prosecutor needs to be included into the relevant provisions of Rule 9, which is the objective of amendments 2 to 6.
  • However, amendments 1 and 7 have a broader scope, since they deal with a possible infringement of Members’ immunities and an inquiry on the scope of Members' immunities.
  • For those two amendments, a more general reference to the European Public Prosecutor’s Office thus seems to be appropriate.

A 32-year-old Chinese Male Convicted of Online Doxxing

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Friday, December 16, 2022

Date: 13 December 2022

Key Points: 
  • Date: 13 December 2022
    A 32-year-old Chinese Male Convicted of Online Doxxing
    The West Kowloon Magistrates Court today convicted a 32-year old male, Mr IP Chun-hin (defendant), of two charges of the new doxxing offence.
  • This is the second conviction involving contravention of the doxxing offences of the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (PDPO) under the new anti-doxxing regime which took effect on 8 October 2021.
  • The mobile phone number of one of the victims was also posted on one of the groups.
  • Moreover, doxxing is a serious offence and offender is liable on conviction to a fine up to $1,000,000 and imprisonment for 5 years.

First Sentencing Case of the New Doxxing Offence

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Friday, December 16, 2022

Date: 15 December 2022

Key Points: 
  • Date: 15 December 2022
    First Sentencing Case of the New Doxxing Offence
    The Shatin Magistrates Court earlier on 6 October 2022 convicted a 27-year old male, Mr HO Muk-wah, of seven charges of the new doxxing offence upon his guilty plea.
  • The Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (Privacy Commissioner), Ms Ada CHUNG Lai-ling, welcomed the courts ruling.
  • Doxxing is not a means to resolve disputes and it would only escalate conflict.
  • Moreover, doxxing is a serious offence and offender is liable on conviction to immediate imprisonment terms, with the maximum penalty being a fine up to $1,000,000 and imprisonment for 5 years.

FTC Chair Khan Names Aviv Nevo as the Agency’s Director of Bureau of Economics

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Friday, December 16, 2022

Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina M. Khan has appointed Aviv Nevo to serve as Director of the FTCs Bureau of Economics.

Key Points: 
  • Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina M. Khan has appointed Aviv Nevo to serve as Director of the FTCs Bureau of Economics.
  • Im excited that we will have Aviv on board as the FTCs director of the Bureau of Economics, Chair Khan said.
  • His insights and expertise will be an asset to our agency and to our work serving the American public.
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Providing certainty on how we enforce the laws we regulate

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Friday, December 16, 2022

Until today, we would normally publish enforcement notices, fines and summaries of our audit reports on our website.

Key Points: 
  • Until today, we would normally publish enforcement notices, fines and summaries of our audit reports on our website.
  • While fines may grab peoples attention, every one of these reprimands represents a time we have taken action to raise data protection standards.
  • This will provide certainty to businesses and organisations in what the law requires from them and has already been set out in our ICO25 regulatory approach.
  • With any pilot, we will be measuring the success of our revised approach and the improvements we hope to see.