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Remember Yahoo?

“Successor To Yahoo Is Fined in Data Hack,” The Wall Street Journal, April 25, 2018 B4. $35 million fine for failure to properly investigate a cyber breach affecting hundreds of millions (billions?) of Yahoo accounts.

Yahoo no longer exists, with surviving pieces owned by Verizon and Alibaba Group Holding.

How to file this?  Was there an obligation way back (in 2014) to notify people when the Russians had hacked their accounts?  What happens to your company if there is a breach of your customers’ security?  And you fail to mention it to anyone?  A fine?  Drawing and quartering?

 

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Can you censor?

“China Censors Spark Uproar In Quashing Student Activist,” The Wall Street Journal, April 25, 2018 A7.  Students make a request for open records from the Peking University about 20-year old rape allegations. The government rejects it. And then slams a student who circulated a letter telling her story through social media.  And that story circulates.

It sure is hard to put the genie back in the bottle after information gets to the Internet.  Are your controls adequate?  How do you enforce them?  Even if you have a command and control culture?

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Phone companies can’t conspire, can they?

“Probe Focuses on Cellphone IDs,” The Wall Street Journal, April 21, 2018 B1.  DOJ investigates.

Are phone companies (and a standard-setting company) conspiring to make it harder for you to keep your phone number if you change carriers?  Or are they trying to make phones smaller?

Is your phone number information?  If so, to whom does it belong?  Is this just about whether you have to remove the SIM card to change carriers?

Just asking.

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Catching up

I was out of town for a bit, and am now catching up  So this will deviate from the usual one-story, one-post format.  19 squibs.

“ISS Opposes Five Equifax Directors,” The Wall Street Journal, April 17, 2018 B2.  A proxy advisor recommends against voting for members of the Board’s technology committee, who had responsibility for technology security.  Is that all that happens, they get fired?  157 millions accounts exposed and they get un-elected but not (yet) sued?  No claw-back of director’s fees?

“Facebook Data Dispute Embroils University of Cambridge,” The Wall Street Journal, April 16, 2018 B4. Cambridge says Facebook approved of the University’s use of Facebook data.  Or your data, if you wish.

“Fired FBI No.2 McCabe Misled Probe, Report Says,” The Wall Street Journal, April 14, 2018 A1.  Misleading an internal investigation into leak to the newspaper is not good.

“Volkswagen Prepares to Replace CEO, The Wall Street Journal, April 11, 2018 B1.  CEO who help VW survive the emissions scandal gets replaced. A palace coup after the company spent $25 billion+ on the scandal.  Is this more price for VW to pay?  And let’s not forget the shareholders, who foot the bill.  See also “VW Picks Chief After Boardroom Coup,” The Wall Street Journal, April 13, 2018 B1.

“Blunder Hits Samsung Securities,” The Wall Street Journal, April 11, 2018 B13. An employee’s mistake leads to mistaken issuance of $105 billion in shares, more than 30 times the company’s existing issued shares.  Do you have the right controls in place?  Is this an information governance issue?

“Facebook Hearings Put Regulation In Spotlight,” The Wall Street Journal, April 12, 2018 A1. Will the Facebook data leak/usage lead to new privacy regulation?

“Adviser Urges Shift On Board Of Equifax,” The Wall Street Journal, April 12, 2018 B10.  Does the company’s failure to avoid a cyber attack mean the board has to go?  Maybe.

“China’s Censors Zero In on Apps,” The Wall Street Journal, April 12, 2018 B4.  Chinese government extends control over a smartphone app that had crude jokes.  Now there’s enforcement of a policy, and a demonstration of what “governance” means.

“Zuckerberg Says Sorry for Harm Done,” The Wall Street Journal, April 10, 2018 B4.  Classic crisis management strategy:  admit you’re wrong?

“Sensing Urgency, Facebook Bolsters User Protections,” The Wall Street Journal, April 10, 2018 B5.  Locking the door after the horse bolted.

“Facebook Sets ‘Issue’ Ads Rule,” The Wall Street Journal, April 7, 2018 A1.  Does a background check on advertisers protect your privacy?

“YouTube Policies Stir Bitterness,” The Wall Street Journal, April 6, 2018 B1.  Following attack at YouTube HQ, taking a closer look at YouTube’s policies on filtering/restricting content.

“Facebook CEO: Lax Privacy a ‘Huge Mistake,'” The Wall Street Journal, April 5, 2018 A1.  Not focusing on privacy protections a “huge mistake.”  Really?

“Police Want to Send AI Into the Street,” The Wall Street Journal, April 4, 2018 A3.  Can body cams be used to collect “Person of Interest”-level information, real time?

“WPP’s Sorrell Faces Probe,” The Wall Street Journal, April 4, 2018 B1.  CEO of advertising company under internal investigation for misusing company assets.  It’s really just a question of duty.

“GM Scraps a Standard in Sales Reporting,” The Wall Street Journal, April 3, 2018 B1.  You manage what you measure.  So, no longer reporting this statistic will reportedly make it easier to measure performance.  Huh?

“Oracle Defeats Google In Court,” The Wall Street Journal, March 28, 2018 B1. Appeals court revives copyright infringement suit against Google.  $9 billion+ in damages alleged.

“Wedbush Accused Of Flawed Oversight,” The Wall Street Journal, March 28, 2018 B12.  SEC charges company with failure to properly supervise an employee involved in “long-running ‘pump-and-dump’ scheme.”

 

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Contagion

When disaster hits one part of your industry, other members often get hit, too, especially when customers get upset.  And the media smells blood.

“Facebook and Google Confront Antagonism of Big Advertisers,” The Wall Street Journal, March 26, 2018 A1.  Major advertisers demand more detail and accountability around ads and cost following the revelations about the use/misuse of user data and the accuracy of the viewing statistics.

Is the business model of selling access to data that isn’t really yours finally breaking down?

In a related piece, Facebook took out a full-page ad on page B12 in The Wall Street Journal that says, in part, “We have a responsibility to protect your information.  If we can’t, we don’t deserve it.”  Interesting admission that it’s your information, not theirs.  Still noodling on how that works through the courts.

Where to file this?  What does non-compliance with your information policies cost you?

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The long arm of the law

“U.S. Authorities Can Access Data Stored Overseas,” The Wall Street Journal, March 24, 2018 A6.  US warrants will soon reach can information stored by US tech companies on cloud servers overseas.

You now need to know what you have and where you have it; now you have to know who you store it with.  Saying that you have it in France and can’t turn it over to the FBI isn’t going to work here.  Much like telling the French court that you need to turn it over to the US, despite French blocking statutes that forbid that.

In the event of a conflict, who wins?  Is that how you know who is in charge?  Are you still going to use a cloud service hosted by a US company?

 

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Timing

Information is often more valuable if you get it or use it faster than someone else.

“Ultrafast Opens to the Masses,” The Wall Street Journal, March 24, 2018 B5.  A high-frequency trading platform using open coding is made available to the muggles.

Is it fair to use software to trade faster than someone else?  Apparently.  Can you make money by doing that?  Perhaps.

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