Compliance Bits and Pieces for April 2

Here are some recent stories that caught my eye:

Q&A with Ethisphere Executive Director Alex Brigham in Corporate Compliance Insights

The Ethisphere Institute recently announced the 2010 World’s Most Ethical Companies, highlighting 100 organizations that lead the way in promoting ethical business standards. These companies go beyond legal minimums, introduce innovative ideas benefiting the public and force their competitors to follow suit.

My Commentary Part 1: Ernst & Young’s Letter To Audit Committee Members from Francine McKenna in re: The Auditors

This is my commentary on the letter that Ernst & Young recently sent to Audit Committee members defending themselves against the findings in the Lehman Bankruptcy Examiner’s report. The Bankruptcy Examiner, Anton Valukas, found “colorable claims” against EY.

Q4 Whitepaper: The Current State of Social Media & Investor Relations

In a continuing effort to share how public companies are using social networks, Darrell Heaps, Co-Founder and CEO took a large audience of IR professionals on a guided tour of “The Current State of Social Media & Investor Relations”. Participants were provided with over 50 examples and case studies of how companies are using Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and IR blogs to mitigate share value, dramatically increase web site traffic and broaden their reach to potential investors.

WISPs Beyond Massachusetts by Joseph Lazzarotti in the Workplace Privacy, Data Management & Security Report

Over the past few months, many businesses, particularly in the Northeast Region, have been focusing on creating a written information security program (WISP) to comply with Massachusetts identity theft regulations that went into effect March 1, 2010. For many, this has been a significant effort, reaching most, if not all, parts of their organizations. However, it is important to remember that although Massachusetts may be the state with the most comprehensive set of rules for securing personal data, other states have enacted similar protections, and compliance with Massachusetts does NOT necessarily mean compliance with other states.

Broken Windows Fix Our Understanding by Don Boudreaux in Cafe Hayek

Do disasters help the economy? No, along with a video explanation: Disastrous Economic Fallacies – Terror as Stimulus?