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Cunard 'should stand for same-sex values'

A gay man is calling for a cruse company to "stand for its values" by returning its ship-registering to the UK from Bermuda after it repealed same-sex marriage.

Cunard's Queen Mary 2 on Southampton Water
Paul Coueslant

Cunard currently registers its ships on the Atlantic island where same-sex marriage was legalised in May 2017.

Jamison Firestone told BuzzFeed he booked a cruise with the firm before the legislation was repealed earlier this month, but had been refused a refund.

Cunard said it was "working closely" with Bermudan authorities. It has not yet commented on Mr Firestone's requested refund.

Bermuda is a leader in tax transparency says Bermuda Premier
Bermuda is a leader in tax transparency says Bermuda Premier

Law firm 'committed' to protecting data after breach

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Offshore law firm Appleby says it has reviewed its cyber security after its data was "compromised" in a 2016 "security incident".

The company, which is thought to be subject to investigations by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, has also denied any wrongdoing after the Telegraph reported some of the world’s richest people were braced for their financial details to be exposed.

Appleby, which has offices in Jersey and Guernsey, said: "We are an offshore law firm who advises clients on legitimate and lawful ways to conduct their business. We do not tolerate illegal behaviour.

"We are committed to protecting our clients’ data and we have reviewed our cyber security and data access arrangements following a data security incident last year which involved some of our data being compromised.

"We are disappointed that the media may choose to use information which could have emanated from material obtained illegally and that this may result in exposing innocent parties to data protection breaches."