Facebook wins appeal on Belgian tracking

Facebook(Media Release) Facebook has won a long-running legal battle with the Belgian data protection authority over how it tracks non-users.

Originally, the regulator won its case and ordered the social network to stop tracking non-members when they visited publicly available Facebook pages.

The Brussels Appeals Court overturned that, saying the regulator had no jurisdiction over Facebook, which has its European headquarters in Ireland.

Facebook said it was pleased with the decision.

“We look forward to bringing all our services back online for people in Belgium,” it said in a statement.

Willem Debeuckelaere, president of the Belgium privacy commission said: “Today’s decision means simply that the Belgian citizen cannot obtain privacy protection when it concerns foreign players. The citizen is thus exposed to massive violations of privacy.”

It said that it would look into launching a final appeal with the Court of Cassation, which can throw out previous judgements, but not deliver new ones.

The case centres around Facebook’s use of a cookie – a small data file that tracks and records web activity.

Initially the court found in favour of the Belgian data authority. It said that collecting the data on the web-surfing behaviour of millions of people who were not members of the social network was a “manifest” violation of Belgian data protection law, irrespective of what purposes Facebook used the data for.

It imposed a fine of 250,000 euros per day if it did not comply with the order.

In December (Free-Pr-Online.com) last year Facebook agreed to remove cookies for non-users who were visiting publicly available Facebook content.

Some privacy experts felt that would open the floodgates for other countries to follow suit.

In its appeal Facebook argued that it had used the cookie – known as datr – for five years, that it helped keep the service secure and that it discarded the data after 10 days.

The ruling though was ultimately about who has authority over the social network.

“Belgian courts don’t have international jurisdiction over Facebook Ireland, where the data concerning Europe is processed,” the court said.

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Why are more and more oil tankers anchoring off Singapore?

oil tankers on anchor(Media Release) In the last few months, something mysterious has been happening in the seas around major ports. More oil tankers than usual are anchoring for days and weeks on end – why?
Three billion tonnes of crude oil and refined products are shipped on huge tanker vessels worldwide every year. But recently, some of these ships have stopped. In fact, since March, many more than is usual have simply been anchored off ports like Singapore and Rotterdam in the Netherlands – and it’s not immediately clear why.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has been monitoring the situation. It has tracked just under 94 million barrels (Free-Pr-Online.com) of unrefined crude oil in what’s known as “floating storage” at the end of May. And Clarksons, a shipping analyst firm in London, says it has tracked an increase from 85 to 120 oil tankers at anchor around the world.

To measure these things, Clarksons tracks ships visually with satellite imagery and compares this to known information about how oil is being traded in the world. “It’s quite a bit of detective work trying to piece all those bits of information together,” says Simon Chattrabhuti, a market analyst at the firm.

The Clarksons figure covers a range of ships from 55,000 deadweight tonnage (dwt) to 440,000 dwt – including 55 Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) of 279,000 dwt to 320,000 dwt and two Ultra Large Crude Carriers (ULCCs) of 320,000 dwt or more. The VLCC figure has risen by 18 since March.

These are big ships, and 90 million barrels is a lot of crude oil. Usually the amount stored floating is no more than about 70 million, according to the IEA. Why this increase?

Some have questioned whether a floating storage “contango” has unfolded. This is a situation in which oil traders keep oil at sea until the price rises – effectively making money while doing nothing. However, the price of oil, while steadily rising again, isn’t actually going up quickly enough for this to make economic sense. Keeping oil on tankers isn’t cheap as there are shipping rates and insurance costs involved.

The real reason, most experts think, is that there just aren’t enough places to offload oil at ports

The real reason, most experts think, is that there just aren’t enough places to offload oil at ports – onshore storage tanks are full. This is thanks to a recent glut of oil, far more than is necessary for demand, which has both lowered the price of oil around the world and flooded storage with unwanted stock.

“Traders have been sending cargo to Singapore,” explains Andrew Wilson at the IEA, “but they can’t find the land-based terminals to offload it.

“At key terminals we have seen capacity being built out over the last five years, but stocks have ballooned.”

Wilson says that the amount of stored oil at Rotterdam is “approaching record levels” for example. And we’re not just talking about crude oil: some anchored ships off ports like Singapore, appear to be storing large amounts of bunker fuel, a refined product used by ships but not in especially high demand at the moment. This all appears to have happened because global oil supplies have far outstripped demand in the last year or two.

An interesting situation has also developed off the coast of Iran, where some large oil tankers are also anchored. Until January, there were sanctions prohibiting the export of Iranian oil. While those sanctions were in place, some of the country’s oil was stored offshore. It’s not clear why those stocks haven’t moved since sanctions have lifted but Wilson again thinks it’s a logistical issue. Some of those ships are storing a type of oil called condensate and not all refineries can process it thanks to a high number of impurities.

What will happen next? Tim Smith at London shipping consultants MSI believes that now the price of oil is rising again, stocks will begin to move onshore and into refineries at a greater rate, easing the floating storage situation.

“As prices increase, you’d expect refineries to be looking at drawing down some of those stocks,” he says.

As oil stored on land gets sucked up, more will have to come off those ships to replace it

Plus, there is a seasonal variation in how refineries work. The spring and summer period, following maintenance earlier in the year, is usually when production levels soar at these facilities. As oil stored on land gets sucked up, more will have to come off those ships to replace it.

Andrew Wilson adds that the IEA’s current prediction is that floating storage of crude will return to around 70 million barrels throughout the rest of the year.

Still, while we have a better idea of what’s going on, the picture with oil is always a little bit murky.

“It’s one of those stories where traders are the key and traders don’t let you know about what they’re doing,” notes Michelle Wiese Bockmann at oil industry analysts OPIS Tanker Tracker.

And there are further complications. Earlier this month, the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec), failed to reach an agreement over oil production levels – agreed caps would theoretically help to ensure that supply doesn’t continue to overstep demand. If supply booms and oil prices fall again, it might make the floating storage situation worse.

Bockmann says all of this should be viewed in context, though. In 2009, the IEA tracked 112 million barrels of crude oil at sea – compared to the 94 million we are seeing today. Plus, there was a further 58 million barrels of oil products – 170 million barrels in total. At the time that was unprecedented and led to a true contango in which oil was traded offshore for economic gain.

“I’m certainly not seeing anything like that at the moment,” says Bockmann.

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Strong Growth Expected in Swedish Suncare Industry: Ken Research


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Sweden’s Suncare market is going strong both in terms of value and volume with an increasing shift towards innovation and cross-category mergers.

  • The After-Sun category is projected to grow fastest with a CAGR of 7.3%. The increased consumer preference towards After-Sun category is due to Swedish customers’ inclination towards products with additional benefits.

Ken Research announced its latest publication on, Consumers and Market Insights: Suncare in Sweden”, which included a category-wise coverage of the various products being sold within the Swedish Suncare industry. The publication offers insights into the shape the market is projected to take over the next five years. In addition, the report also includes trends within the distribution and packaging divisions of the Suncare market in Sweden.

In the Suncare products of market of Sweden, Sun-Protection and After-Sun products are projected grow the fastest. In terms of volume, Sun-Protection (Free-Pr-Online.com) products will be the fastest growing over the forecast (2015-2020) period. However, in terms of value and pace of growth, After-Sun products will take the lead registering a CAGR of 7.3% during 2015-2020. In addition, research has also revealed that the consumers in Sweden have developed an inclination towards products that are state-of-the-art and technology-friendly. Even in the Suncare products market, companies that introduced creatively and conveniently packaged products reported higher sales than others. Specifically, the use of Bottle containers is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 5.3% during 2015-2020. The leading players in Sweden’s Suncare market are Beiersdorf AG and The L‘Oreal Group.

Overview of Sweden’s Suncare Market

Sweden’s economy has been bolstered by the increasing number of people joining its workforce. This has further resulted in the enhancement of quality of life led by people and demand for products which complement their lifestyle. Such products include cosmetics, luxury apparels and home and décor. Overall, it can be said that there is an increasing trend of self-indulgence amongst the Swedish population. However, the uncertainty of economic conditions is still a huge concern amongst Europeans, and thus people prefer to make smaller purchases such as premium beauty and personal care products as opposed to expensive choices such as home and décor. Consequently, the beauty and personal care industry in Sweden has boomed and especially the Suncare product categories are leading all the way. This report uses Canadean’s Intelligence database to provide valuable insights into which growth categories to target, trends in the usage of packaging materials, types and closures by each category and the brand market shares.

Future Prospects of Sweden’s Suncare Market

With the increasing number of consumers preferring products that can counter the side-effects of leading a professional life, the Suncare products market is expected to register high growth in the upcoming years. However, both consumers and manufacturers need to lookout for any economic turbulences in the EU as the change in macroeconomic environment will directly impact the sales of luxury-products such as suncare and other beauty items. In this regards, the leading players such as L’Oreal are looking at potential launch of suncare products that are less costly but equally effective. This will help the company capitalize on the burgeoning needs of the middle class. Also, most domestic and leading players are also coming out with suncare products which also have additional benefits such as anti-ageing and oil-control. Also, an increasing number of sports enthusiast in the country have created a demand for suncare products that address to specific needs of athletes.

Key Trends Governing Swedish Suncare Industry

  • In the past five years, there has been a splurge in the number of manufacturers offering these products. Not only international players, but also a large number of local players have sprung up as there is a demand for organic, natural and fresh products.
  • Consumer preferences are also changing in terms of most preferred retail channel. The Swedish population and lifestyle has become ultra-modern and fast, leading to people preferring places where they can fulfill all their shopping needs at once. As a result, Hypermarkets and Supermarkets have become the chosen retail channel for Suncare products accounting for nearly one-third of the overall Suncare products sales.

Key Topics Covered in the Report:

  • Detailed profile of Sweden’s Suncare products market
  • Consumer demographics, trends and behaviors
  • Top 4 consumer trends which will influence Suncare products consumption
  • Value and volume analysis for the Sweden’s Suncare products market
  • Historic and forecast consumption in the Sweden’s Suncare products Market
  • Retail landscape of the Sweden’s Suncare products Market
  • Packaging landscape of the Sweden’s Suncare products Market

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Empire Business Solutions Announces Dual Signed Purchase Agreement Southern California


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Empire Business Solutions, a leading independent business brokers in
Los Angeles and Orange County is pleased to announce the company has a
dual signed Asset Purchase Agreement on one of its clients, a
manufacture of parts for the automotive aftermarket.(Free-Pr-Online.com)

Manufacture of Performance After Market Auto Parts

•       Broad Product Lines and Sales Channels: The Company focuses on
manufacturing and distributing various automotive mounts, bushings,
axles, and other related accessories, focusing on imported vehicles.
Specifically, during 2015, approximately 57% of sales was generated
from wholesale transactions, and 43% from direct retail sales and job
shop work. Wholesalers sell the company’s products to mechanics,
smaller distributors, retail outfits, and on Amazon. In addition, the
company has the largest selection of aftermarket mounts (as compared
to any other competitor).

•       Unique Designs: The Company has developed a unique and proprietary
tapered bushing design which reduce vibration for improved performance
as well as longevity. Competitors in the industry have unsuccessfully
tried to duplicate this exclusive design, which might qualify for a
patent. In addition, steel and billet product lines are available, as
well as customized finishes. Overall, the company’s products (steel
and billet) are differentiated by the construction, strength,
application, aesthetics, and performance/function. Their competitive
advantage is not only differentiation but also pricing and delivery

•       Automotive Applications: The company’s products are primarily
targeted at imported vehicles, including Honda, Acura, Toyota,
Mitsubishi, Lotus, and other vehicles. Significant growth opportunity
exists within the domestic vehicle market.

•       Excess Facility and Equipment Capacity: The Company operates from
a 10,000-square foot facility (with an additional 10,000-square foot
yard), and has the latest machines, test equipment, and custom
software. The fair market value of equipment is approximately $1.4
million, and currently utilizes only 30% to 40% of equipment capacity;
significant growth could be achieved with minimal capital expenditure

The buyers are a Private Equity Group with automotive experience and
background who see this as an opportunity to grow the business into a
major player in the automotive after market.

The Sellers, two partners, have been running the business for over 10
years and have increased revenues every single year. One partner is
exitingto other ventures and the other partner is staying on with the
new entity.

This transaction is scheduled to close the last week in July, 2016

Contact Roy Moss, President of Empire Business Solutions at
714-374-6430 to discuss the process in selling or buying a business in
Orange County. Empire has been in business since 2005 and is
considered a leading California business brokers with offices in
Orange County which concentrates on businesses in the $1.0 mil-$10.0
mil revenue range. http://empireoc.com

Five models for post-Brexit UK trade

E U trade relationships(Media Release) After the UK voted to leave the EU, the country faces the prospect of having to establish new trade relationships – both with the remaining 27 EU members and other countries around the world.

As a member of the EU, the UK has been included in trade deals the EU has negotiated. There are 22 trade agreements between the EU and individual countries, and five multi-lateral agreements covering multiple countries.

This means that if the UK wants to retain preferential access to the markets of the 52 countries covered by these agreements, it would have to renegotiate trade deals with all of them.

Britain (Free-Pr-Online.com) is a large market, so there is a clear incentive for other countries to negotiate a deal. Advocates of Brexit argued that it would be in nobody’s interest to interrupt the current trading partnerships.

But which of the other models discussed as potential post-Brexit options for the UK are realistic?

Read more:

The UK’s trade deal challenges

Reality Check: Who has access to the single market?

Reality Check: Would UK have to make new trade deals?

Reality Check: Could there be free trade without free movement?

1. The Norway model

  • Member of European Economic Area, full access to single market, obliged to make a financial contribution and accept majority of EU laws, free movement applies as it does in the EU
Norway is a member of the European Economic Area (EEA) – the single market – along with the 28 current EU members, Liechtenstein and Iceland.

In return for that access to the single market, it pays a contribution to the EU budget and has to sign up to all the rules of the club – including its common regulations and standards.

People from across the EU are free to live and work in Norway too, but the country is exempt from EU rules on agriculture, fisheries, justice and home affairs. The downside for Norway is that it has no say over how the rules of the single market are created.

Senior Leave campaigner and Tory leadership hopeful Boris Johnson wrote in the Telegraph on Sunday that the UK would continue to have access to the single market.

But would this be possible while also reducing immigration and cutting costs, as many Leave campaigners want?

Ireland’s Finance Minister Michael Noonan has said the UK is unlikely to secure full access to the single market unless it continues to allow free movement of labour.

And a senior German MP and ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, Michael Fuchs, told the BBC that it would be possible for Britain to maintain access but at a price.

“The per capita fee of Norway is exactly the same as what Britain is now paying into the EU,” he said. “So there won’t be any savings.”

How Norway’s relationship with the EU has split views

2. The Switzerland model

  • Member of the European Free Trade Association but not the EEA, access to EU market governed by series of bilateral agreements, covers some but not all areas of trade, also makes a financial contribution but smaller than Norway’s, doesn’t have a general duty to apply EU laws but does have to implement some EU regulations to enable trade, free movement applies

Switzerland has a free trade agreement with the EU and a number of agreements which give it access to the single market for most of its industries.

But it does not have full access to the single market for its banking sector and other parts of the services sector, which together make up almost 80% of the UK economy.

Its agreement also requires the free movement of people.

The Swiss voted against joining the EEA in December 1992.

Instead, the country, which sells over 50% of its exports to the EU, has agreed more than 120 bilateral agreements with Brussels, designed to secure Swiss access to Europe’s markets.

Switzerland contributes billions of dollars to EU projects. Its bilateral deals are now in danger of unravelling over the question of free movement of people, after a referendum two years ago went in favour of restricting the number of workers arriving from the EU.

While no such restriction has yet been implemented, Brussels retaliated swiftly, stalling agreements and freezing participation in education projects.

Can Switzerland show UK route to Brexit?

3. The Turkey model

  • Customs union with the EU, meaning no tariffs or quotas on industrial goods exported to EU countries, has to apply EU’s external tariff on goods imported from outside the EU

Turkey is not part of the EEA or the European Free Trade Association but does – like tiny Andorra and San Marino – have a customs union with the EU.

This means it faces no tariffs (taxes or duties on imports and exports) or quotas on industrial goods it sends to EU countries.

The customs union does not apply to agricultural goods, or services.

Turkey also has no say on the tariffs it has to impose on goods it imports from non-EU countries, as it has to apply the EU’s common external tariff to those goods (and is not involved in setting it).

Reality Check: Would the UK face tariffs outside the EU?

Free trade area v single market – what’s the difference?

4. The Canada option

  • Ceta free trade deal with the EU has yet to come into force, gets rid of most tariffs on goods, but excludes some food items and services, and stipulates need to prove where goods are made

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (Ceta) between the EU and Canada is not yet in force, although it has been in the making for seven years.

It gives Canada preferential access to the EU single market without all the obligations that Norway and Switzerland face, eliminating most trade tariffs. However, some “sensitive” food items, including eggs and chicken, are not covered by it.

Canadian exporters will have to prove that their goods are entirely “made in Canada”, which imposes extra costs, to prevent imports entering the EU through a “back door”.

The services sector is only partially covered by Ceta.

Crucially, a Ceta-type deal would not give UK financial services the EU market access that they have now. It would be hard for London-based banks to get “passporting” rights for their services in the EU – rights that they value hugely now.

It would also mean that firms that export to the EU would have to comply with EU product standards and technical requirements without having any say in setting them.

And critics of such a plan point out that the UK has a complex web of ties to the EU – much more than Canada.

Reality Check: Would Canada’s deal with the EU be a good model for the UK?

5. The Singapore and Hong Kong approach

  • City states do not impose import or export tariffs at all – a unilateral free trade approach

Some advocates of Brexit have said the UK should adopt a unilateral free trade policy – dropping all tariffs and relying on the World Trade Organisation’s framework – as reported by the Financial Times.

For example Hong Kong’s free trade policy means the Chinese special administrative region maintains no barriers on trade. The Hong Kong government says it “does not charge tariff on importation or exportation of goods. Import and export licensing is also kept to a minimum.”

This approach may have some appeal to Brexiteers whose ideology favours no trade restrictions.

It would be likely to gather less support from disaffected Labour voters and left-wing critics of the EU.

No tariffs of any kind could have a strongly negative effect on the UK’s agriculture and manufacturing sectors, as importing goods such as food and steel would in many cases be cheaper than producing them in the UK.

Reality Check: Free trade free from regulation?

Viewpoint: Brexit puts UK on new economic path

The default: World Trade Organisation rules

  • WTO sets rules for international trade that apply to all members, no free movement or financial contribution, no obligation to apply EU laws although traded goods would still have to meet EU standards, some tariffs would be in place on trade with the EU, trade in services would be restricted

If talks – with the EU and others – do not reach a deal before Brexit takes effect, trade rules would default to World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules.

The UK and EU would be obliged to apply to each other the tariffs and other trade restrictions they apply to the rest of the world.

That is because the WTO rules allow countries to discriminate in favour of a trade partner only in a limited number of circumstances – including a full bilateral trade deal.

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Most people are unaware of the risks of using public Wi-Fi

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(Media Release) Millions of Americans who use public Wi-Fi do not realize that their personal information is at risk of being stolen, according to a survey released Tuesday by cybersecurity company Symantec (SYMC).

The survey, released Tuesday, found that 87 percent of U.S. consumers have used the readily available public internet, whether at a cafe, airport or hotel. The survey, an online survey of 1,025 people, was conducted in May.

“Think about the cost of being connected all the time. Nothing is free,” said David Lee, a product manager for Norton. “The biggest threat is your data, traffic and identity could be completely exposed.”

The level of ignorance is somewhat alarming. More than 60 percent of consumers think their information is safe when using public internet, according to the study. Only half of consumers think they are responsible for securing their information. Instead 17 percent think websites are responsible for protecting data, while another 17 percent think the Wi-Fi company is.

Common (Free-Pr-Online.com) activities on public Wi-Fi include logging into a personal e-mail account (58 percent), logging into social media (56 percent) and accessing bank or financial information (22 percent). Another 13 percent have entered personally identifiable information. All of this information could be stolen if the Wi-Fi connection is unsecure.

Despite growing up with technology, millennials are more likely to exhibit risky behaviors. Nearly 95 percent of millennials have shared information while on public Wi-Fi, the largest percentage of any generation.

Millennials just focus on getting online, said Lee.

To protect yourself when using public Wi-Fi, Lee suggests consumers use a virtual private network (VPN), which will encrypt and anonymize traffic.

It’s a step only 18 percent of consumers take, with 30 percent admitting they are unfamiliar with VPNs.

To set-up VPN, you need to download an app and then follow your smartphone’s steps to set it up.

In addition to the study, Norton announced on Tuesday a new app, Norton Wi-Fi Privacy, which includes VPN features.

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Globalization Partners International Adds Email and Auto-Import Features to HubSpot Translation Services Connector


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DUBAI, UAE – June 22, 2016:  Globalization Partners International (GPI), a leading provider of document, software and website translation services, announced today the newest enhancements to its GPI Translation Services Connector for HubSpot. The connector (www.hubspotconnector.com) streamlines inbound marketing content translation workflows for HubSpot users enabling them to engage with new and existing customers in their language around the world.

The new HubSpot Translation Services Connector features include:

  • Email – the Translation Connector now supports HubSpot emails. Users can get emails easily translated in over 100 languages
  • Auto-Import – the Translation Connector can initiate on-demand imports for HubSpot content as translations become available without requiring users to log in and click a button

“The new email functionality expands a company’s ability to speak and engage directly with global audiences via email in any  (Free-Pr-Online.com) language,” says Natalie Williams, Global Digital Marketing Manager, GPI. “Translating and localizing your emails will help increase your open, click-through and conversion rates across your global marketing campaigns.”

Other HubSpot Translation Services Connector Benefits include:

  • Easy access for HubSpot users at: www.hubspotconnector.com
  • Simplified import/export process for content translation workflows
  • 24/7 secure access for your global teams to collaborate and track translation projects
  • Quotes, proposals and a wide range of project materials available for download
  • Dashboard to view status reports, schedules and project task lists
  • Services available in over 100 languages from Arabic to Spanish
  • Available and supported for FREE for HubSpot subscriber

“The Translation Services Connector enables users of HubSpot’s Marketing Automation Platform to easily send and receive a variety of inbound marketing content for translation,” says Fotini Limes, Director of Global Accounts, GPI. “The auto-import capability allows users to expedite translation and decreases the time it takes for localized content to be visible to website visitors.”  

About Globalization Partners International (GPI)

Globalization Partners International, LLC provides document, software and website translation services into over 100 languages including Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. GPI specializes in helping clients launch and manage multilingual websites, configure web content management systems (WCMS), deploy Translation Services Connectors and Plugins, as well as provides website localization and global search engine marketing services. For more information please visit www.translationplugin.com or www.globalizationpartners.com.

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