More on Data Privacy Day

Today is International Data Privacy Day. Massachusetts Recognizes Data Privacy Day 2010 and touts the the new data security regulations. Disney has enlisted Phineas and Ferb to help guide your kids through cyberspace and teach them about the rules of the road on the internet. Google published their guiding privacy principles and published a video

Data Privacy Day is January 28

Data Privacy Day is an annual international celebration to raise awareness and generate discussion about information privacy. Last year, both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives recognized January 28th, 2009 as National Data Privacy Day. Intel, Microsoft, Google, AT&T, LexisNexis and The Privacy Projects are sponsoring Data Privacy Day efforts, with assistance from Intuit

Hayek vs. Keynes Rap Anthem “Fear the Boom and Bust”

For you economics geeks, how about a rap duel between John Maynard Keynes and F. A. Hayek? In Fear the Boom and Bust, John Maynard Keynes and F. A. Hayek, two of the great economists of the 20th century, come back to life to attend an economics conference on the economic crisis. Before the conference

Blue Collar or White Collar

Undercover agents, wire taps and search warrants. For a criminal case it sounds like your typical organized crime investigation. You would expect the indictment to have charges for drug dealing, racketeering, murder or something similar. But last week we heard that these were the techniques used to catch the 22 people indicted for violations of

FINRA Issues Guidance on Social Networking Sites

Securities firms and brokers have been looking for guidance on how they can use social networking sites. Actually most industries have been trying to figure out what they can and cannot do with these sites. The difference is that the FINRA limitations on communicating with the public make it very difficult to use the sites

Global Ethics Summit Update

Dow Jones and Ethisphere Institute are teaming up to present the 2010 Global Ethics Summit on February 23-24, 2010 at the Grand Hyatt New York City. I will be attending, thanks to an offer from the event’s organizers. If you are interested in attending I can offer you a 15% discount on regular conference fees,

But Everyone Else is Doing it

In my hasty post on last week’s FCPA sting operation my focus was on the aggressive use of an undercover operation to catch violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. That was big news. It’s the first time that’s happened. The indictments did not disclose the companies involved. It’s now clear that this sting operation

Compliance Bits and Pieces for January 22

Some interesting stories from the past week: Investor Relations Website Best Practices from the Q4 Blog On January 14, Catherine Crofton, Q4’s VP Sales & Marketing hosted an IR Website Best Practices webinar. Her presentation focused on how to build investor confidence through effective online communications. The presentation includes a lot of great examples of

Obama Wants More Restrictions on Banks

President Barack Obama proposed  new rules designed to restrict the size and activities of the U.S.’s biggest banks. The text of his proposal has not been released yet. All we have is the video, embedded below. The White House wants commercial banks that take deposits from customers to be barred from proprietary trading,  owning hedge

The Drunkard’s Walk, The Butterfly Effect and The Black Swan

The “drunkard’s walk” refers to the Brownian motion, the seemingly random movement of particles suspended in a fluid. The original thought was that you might be able to calculate the movement by measuring and calculating the interaction. It proved impossible. There are too many factors and too many interactions. Small changes in a system can