I was working on another project, and could not do my postings as timely as I would like. But here’s a bunch of news items I wanted to write about:
- “Tesla Boss Warns on Artificial Intelligence,” The Wall Street Journal, July 17, 2017 B1. Elon Musk call for a regulatory body to “guide development of the powerful technology.” Government bodies are so well suited to such activity.
- “Disney Sued Over Films’ Visual Effects,” The Wall Street Journal, July 18, 2017 B3. Who owns the technology (that’s information) that melds real human faces with characters in films? Plaintiff wants an injunctions to prevent display and sale of several major movies.
- “States Urged to Give Voter Records to Commission,”The Wall Street Journal, July 20, 2017 A4. Who owns your voter record? You? The state in which you voted? Is it public? If so, can the Federal government request it?
- “U.S. To Drop ‘London Whale’ Charges,” The Wall Street Journal, July 22, 2017 B1. What happens when your star witness suffers a credibility problem?
- “Lax Governance Cited in Spanish Bank’s Collapse,” The Wall Street Journal, July 25, 2017 B10. Problems: lack of sufficient independence of directors from management and deals with companies that may have posed conflicts. How can you govern if you’re too friendly with management?
- “Ex-Fiat Executive Is Charged,” The Wall Street Journal, July 27, 2017 B3. Executive formerly in charge of labor relations for Fiat indicted, accused of illegal payoffs and special deals with union leaders, and skimming money from a worker training fund. Executives go to jail when they get caught.
- “Local Council Suspected in London Fire,” The Wall Street Journal, July 28, 2017 A16. Were the local councils somehow responsible for the fire that killed 80? Police think so. Decision makers are responsible for their decisions.
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“Apple Eases Its Grip in Chinese Data,” The Wall Street Journal, July 13, 2017 B3. “To comply with tough new cybersecurity rules, Apple will begin storing all cloud data for its Chinese customers with a government owned company [in China] ….” Apple “will retain control over encryption keys.” That makes me much more comfortable.
It might appear that China is exerting its grip on the data stored by Chinese customers on iCloud. But whose data is it, anyway? And what if other countries take similar steps with their citizens’ data? Any opportunity for mischief?
Apparently, keeping the identities of confidential informants secret poses some challenges. Are there information governance lessons to be learned?
“Inmates Targeting Informants,” The Wall Street Journal, June 21, 2017 A3. “[C]lose to 700 witnesses and informants believed to have cooperated with the government have been threatened, wounded or killed” over three years. One source of information: online court records that provide clues as to who cooperated with the prosecutors. Some inmates may be posting their sentencing files to establish their bona fides.
Hard to classify this in this blog. Does this pertain to
- the value of accurate and complete information
- the risk in making information widely available
- the government’s duty to protect informants
- the government’s duty to have a transparent criminal justice system
- a defendant’s right to confront his/her accusers
- the need for security and the difficulty in providing it
- the proactive value of disclosure
- the fact that information can be misused
- the difficulty in creating effective controls
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“In Cyberwar, Spies May Be Targets,” The Wall Street Journal, May 25, 2017 B4. In a breach of protocol, the hackers behind the WannaCry ransomware attack may be releasing the names of some of the hackers working for the NSA. Certainly cuts down on their foreign travel.
If they can’t keep their own secrets secret, what’s a body to do? Will this shut them down?
How well does your company keep its secrets? How important is it to your employees?
I was otherwise engaged last week and missed posting. Here are some catch-ups.
- Comey – reportedly, former FBI Director wrote memos to the file on his conversations with the President. Two points: just because you write something, doesn’t mean it’s true – that’s why you have hearsay rules and cross-examination. Doesn’t mean it’s not true, either. Also, interesting question in the area of obstruction of justice: if what was written was not 100% accurate, are there implications for the former Director under 18 USC §1519? “Trump Asked Comey to Drop Probe,” The Wall Street Journal, May 17, 2017 A1.
- “Tests Show More American Workers Using Drugs,” The Wall Street Journal, May 17, 2017 B1. Does your company have a drug policy that your employees are violating?
- “Putin Says Trump Divulged No Secrets,” The Wall Street Journal, May 18, 2017 A6.
- “Cover-Up Alleged In Probe Of Attack,” The Wall Street Journal, May 18, 2017 A7. Criminal complaint by Berlin filed against police investigators, alleging documents were altered.
- VW (the adventure continues) – The VW CEO and a few others (including Board members) are being investigated over whether they intentionally withheld information about the diesel emission testing scandal from investors. “Inquiry Targets Volkswagen CEO,” The Wall Street Journal, May 18, 2017 B1.
- “Uber Threatens to Ax Executive,” The Wall Street Journal, May 20, 2017 B3. Company threatens to fire executive (hired from Alphabet) if he doesn’t turn over documents. No Fifth Amendment protections against getting fired?
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Life imitates art. There’s a dark side to the Internet of Things. In a story that resembles “Person of Interest,” a TV show, hackers are accessing security cameras belonging to others. “Hackers Hijack Video Cameras,” The Wall Street Journal, September 30, 2016 B1.
Over a million video cameras and DVRs were compromised in an attack that slammed a French web hosting provider and the website of Brian Krebs, a US security guy who posted a lot following the Target credit card breach a few years ago. Hacks were possible largely due to the poor initial security, poor passwords, and the failure to update the operating software.
Do businesses appreciate the risks of devices connected to the internet? Consumers certainly don’t. All that convenience comes with hidden costs.
On Friday, the post was about using numbers to rank employees. And what numbers rank employees more than salaries + benefits?
“Why Being Transparent About Pay Is Good for Business,” The Wall Street Journal, May 31, 2016 R2. Research shows that maintaining secrecy on employee salaries reduces employee performance.
Who owns the salary information? What right does the employee have to prevent his or her employer from posting that information on the web? Would you be embarrassed to have your salary data posted on the door to your office or the wall of your cubicle? Why? Does management’s use of publication of salaries to manage people’s expectations and performance violate some unwritten rule?
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