TikTok Banned Amid Speculation of Links to the Chinese Communist Party

TikTok is a social media app which allows its users to upload and share videos. Its popularity has skyrocketed since its inception in 2017. The app was created by the Chinese internet technology company, Beijing Bytedance Limited, which is headquartered in Beijing. Prior to the release of TikTok, Bytedance created the Chinese version of the […]

Personal Data: An Economic and Political Commodity

On 4th January 2023, the Irish Data Protection Commission (herein ‘DPC’) announced the conclusion of two inquiries into the conduct of Meta Ireland. Their delivery of its services through Facebook and Instagram were found to contravene EU Data Protection Legislation (herein ‘DPL’), facing fines of €210 million and €180 million respectively. The DPC’s decision is […]

Investigating Corruption within Sport

Matrix Chambers member and Quintel Intelligence board advisor Sir Anthony Hooper contributes to the International Sports Law Review (I.S.L.R 2022, 4, 35-39) on Investigating corruption within athletics, providing an investigator’s personal perspective. The article documents the journey of the investigation, describing the challenges faced by investigators in this setting including the consideration of hearsay evidence […]

Ukrainian Conflict & War Crimes: Challenges in Investigation & Prosecution

On 26th May 2022, Russian Corporal Oleksandr Ivanov and Private Oleksandr Volodymyrovych Bobykin were each convicted of 11 years and six months imprisonment for being involved in an indiscriminate rocket attack on civilians in the Kharkiv region, Ukraine. This was the second war crime conviction of Russian individuals by Ukraine in the context of the […]

Crypto Fraud: Potential for Recovery

Quintel CEO, Nicholas Connon, co-authored an article on Crypto fraud which appeared in the Ukrainian Journal of Business Law (#7-8 July-August 2021). This article is about the cryptocurrency market, whose value topped USD 2 tril­lion in April 2021. Click here to download the article (PDF, 321 KB)

The BVI surrenders its USP

In the most recent development in the fight against money laundering, one of the world’s pre-eminent secrecy jurisdictions has advanced its adoption of a publicly accessible register of ownership, devised back in 2017. According to the US Treasury, the BVI is one of the most high-risk money laundering jurisdictions in the world. However, in October […]

Social Media – a Nuanced Mechanism for Blackmail

COVID has changed the world in many ways. Once such way was the inability for celebrities to film, record and present themselves to their audiences through conventional channels. The restrictions of a COVID world have then accelerated the adoption of social media to engage with their audience, almost exclusively through the channel. This in turn […]

Why Every Security Professional Should be Aware of the QAnon Threat

QAnon is gaining in notoriety. The movement’s actions and messaging is increasingly being picked up by the mainstream media and although there may be more prominent threats circling, every security professional should be aware of QAnon because it is indicative of why at-risk entities should have robust protective intelligence. The catalyst behind the QAnon movement […]