Blog: Popular British barrister who fought Brexit faces backlash after beating a fox to death in a kimono | TheHill – The Hill

A British barrister known for his work in opposition to Brexit sparked controversy last week after tweeting that he had beaten a fox to death.

“Already this morning I have killed a fox with a baseball bat. How’s your Boxing Day going?” Jolyon Maugham tweeted last Thursday, referencing the Dec. 26 holiday celebrated in the U.K. and some former British colonies, later adding that he was wearing a kimono at the time.

Amid backlash and public mockery from pro-Brexit British tabloids in particular, Maugham clarified that he had killed the fox to protect his backyard chickens, saying it had been tangled in the netting he had arranged to protect them.

“I didn’t especially enjoy killing it but I imagine that’s what the RSPCA [Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals] would have done, if they had anyone on call in Central London on Boxing Day,” he said in a follow-up tweet.


The RSPCA’s Twitter account weighed in after it was tagged in the replies to Maugham’s tweet, calling it “distressing.” The organization also solicited reports from anyone with firsthand knowledge of the incident.

The group did in fact send representatives to Maugham’s house to take pictures and dispose of the animal’s body, according to the Washington Post, citing a person with knowledge of the events.


Britain’s 1996 Wild Mammals Protection Act states it is unlawful for “anyone to mutilate, kick, beat, nail or otherwise impale, stab, burn, stone, crush, drown, drag or asphyxiate any wild mammal with intent to inflict unnecessary suffering,” according to the newspaper, but others have argued that Maugham intended to protect his chickens rather than inflict suffering.

Maugham, meanwhile, later returned to Twitter to apologize for the tweet, saying the chickens were “very distressed by the fox – both before and after I’d despatched it – and I wanted it out of the way quickly.”

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Blog: France’s Macron: I Want Solid Ties With Post-Brexit Britain – U.S. News & World Report

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday he wanted a strong relationship with post-Brexit Britain.

Speaking in his traditional televised New Year’s eve address to the nation, Macron said: “The United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union is a test for our country. I will strive to maintain a solid relationship between our two countries.”

(Reporting by Leigh Thomas; Editing by Christian Lowe)

Copyright 2019 Thomson Reuters.

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Blog: As CCPA goes into effect this week, banks face new regulations on customer data –

With the start of the new year, banks and fintech companies that do business in California will need to grapple with the new California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which goes into effect Wednesday.

Although banks’ handling of consumer data is already covered by the federal Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), banks are scrambling to figure out what type of data is covered by what regulation.

“Most banks in the United States never successfully executed a full data classification program,” said Richard Bird, chief customer information officer at the identity security firm Ping Identity. “They’re being asked to protect data, and they haven’t even gone through the exercise of identifying that data and where it’s located within their banks.”

As was the case with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation that went into force in 2018, the new regulation could present challenges for financial institutions that collect consumer data for marketing purposes. The CCPA has an exemption for data covered by the GLBA, or any consumer data an institution obtains to provide a financial service. As banks and fintechs continue to rely on consumer data for marketing, however, they will need to contend with compliance with the new CCPA regulations. 

The CCPA puts much more robust restrictions on the commercial use of consumer data than the GLBA. Under the CCPA, consumers can ask what personal information a business has on them, request to delete that information, and ask to stop businesses from selling that information to third parties.

While the GLBA only applies to data used to provide a financial product or service, the CCPA applies to “information that identifies, relates to, describes, is capable of being associated with, or could reasonably be linked, directly or indirectly, with a particular consumer or household.” This could mean anything from an email address to geolocation data.

An ABA Banking Journal article from August identifies marketing activities as major pain point for banks when it comes to CCPA. Consumer geolocation and social media information, for example, is used by many banks for marketing, and that data will now be subject to CCPA regulatory oversight. Bird said getting banks’ tech stacks to meet the new requirements could take years, and they will rely on manual processes from employees in the meantime, costing banks money and labor. The new regulations make consumers eligible to receive up to $750 for data breaches.

See also: Bankers prepare for GDPR-type regulations to take hold in the US

Bird said California lawmakers have made clear they won’t start regulating the law until the summer, but time is ticking and most banks are still figuring out what data falls under CCPA jurisdiction. Bird couldn’t disclose what banks Ping works with, but a company spokesperson said Ping works with “12 of the 12 largest U.S. banks.”

In a statement, Wells Fargo said it already allows customers to request and delete their data. Although the CCPA does not apply to non-California residents, Wells Fargo will handle data requests from U.S. residents outside of California in the same manner in which it handles requests from California residents, the bank said.

Bird said some banks will take a wait-and-see approach with the CCPA to evaluate how strict regulators act and whether it is worth overhauling tech stacks to meet requirements. “As we realized in 07-08, everything is dependent on [banks’ financial] health,” he said. “I don’t think taking the Vegas approach of shooting dice and hoping ‘it’s not me’ is the best way to mitigate risk.”

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Blog: 2 new members appointed in Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission – Big News Network

New Delhi [India], Dec 31 (ANI): Two new members have been appointed in the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC), which is responsible for the determination of tariff for electricity and regulation of power sector in the national capital.

The newly appointed members are Ashok Kumar Singhal, (retd) Additional Chief Advisor Cost and Head of Indian Cost Account Service (ICoAS), Union Ministry of Finance, and Akhilesh Kumar Ambasht, Indian Forest Services (IFS), (retd) Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Singhal and Ambasht have around 35 years of experience of the financial sector and 29 years of administrative experience respectively.

The oath was administered to the newly-appointed members by Delhi Power Minister Satyendar Jain, in the presence of DERC Chairman, Delhi Power Secretary, DERC Secretary and officials of the Power Department. (ANI)

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