Category Archives: Theme Two: Governance

Cost of privacy

“Facebook Sets Aside $3 Billion to Cover Expected FTC Fine,” The Wall Street Journal, April 25, 2019. Reserve to cover potential fine from privacy violations.

You tell the FTC that you won’t share user data without consent.  And then you share it anyway.  Oopsie.

So, Information (user data) shared without consent (Compliance) in violation of agreement with the FTC (Governance/Compliance). One question: is this fine (one quarter’s profit) sufficient to penalize this behavior by Facebook and deter similar violations by others?

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Filed under Theme One: Information, Theme Three: Compliance, Theme Two: Governance

Deep pockets

“Brothers Involved in Smollett Case Sue His Attorneys for Defamation,” The Wall Street Journal, April 24, 2019.  Smollett’s lawyers accused of defaming the two Nigerian brothers in news interviews.

Generally, you can’t sue a lawyer for an accusation he or she makes in court.  But what he or she says to the news cameras is fair game.  And the lawyer is probably acting as the client’s agent in making those statements, so the client has exposure for the attorney’s acts.  But, for a change, the lawyers are the deep pockets.

So, clearly information.  And Compliance (with libel/slander laws).  And Governance, through the legal process.

 

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Mistakes?

“Online Lender Prosper Settles Probe Over Misleading Investors,” The Wall Street Journal, April 20, 2019.  Company provided the wrong data to is investors.  For two years.

The error resulted in the company overstating its earnings.  Why do these errors never go the other way?

You invest in something, and rely on the company providing accurate information to measure your investment.  They overstate their results by not including certain deductions.  Then the suit for fraud.

Where is the failure in governance?  The company?  You?

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Filed under Theme One: Information, Theme Three: Compliance, Theme Two: Governance

Gene database

“Risk Scores Assess Ties Between Genes and Obesity, Disease,” The Wall Street Journal, April 19, 2019.  Using genetic data to predict risk of disease.

This is more about use of available information. Or the reuse of information collected for one purpose being used for another.  Whose information is it?  What are the controls on the use of this information?

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Filed under Theme Four: Use, Theme One: Information, Theme Two: Governance

What do words mean?

“In SEC vs. Elon Musk, a Question of When Tweets Matter,” The Wall Street Journal, April 18, 2019.  Dispute over meaning of settlement agreement with SEC.

What does “reasonably could contain” material information mean?  Mr. Musk tweeted allegedly misleading tweets, and entered into a settlement with the SEC.

Lawyers apparently agreed to this language.  Does a dispute over meaning implicate Information Governance, and Compliance?  Mr. Musk has continuing legal exposure for future tweets.

Confusion in language is not a good thing.  Precision is.  Who governs the words you use in legal agreements?

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Managing channels

“Texting Moves to the Workplace, as Do the Awkward Misfires. ‘I’m Here. I Luv U.’,” The Wall Street Journal, April 17, 2019. Problems when people use texts for both office and personal communications.

When people use the same communications channels for work and personal, do mistakes happen? Yes.  What does it say when employees can’t or don’t keep these two channels of communication separate?  Are they incapable of managing the technology?

Does this just look at it from the amusing side, when an employee accidentally tells her boss (and not her husband) of her love for him?  What about sending your spouse confidential business information over a text?  Do these stories help cement the message of separation?

 

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Filed under Technology, Theme One: Information, Theme Two: Governance

The never-ending story

“Volkswagen Ex-CEO Faces Fresh Fraud Charges Over Emissions Scandal,” The Wall Street Journal, April 16, 2019.  Prosecutors in Germany seek return of salary and bonuses, plus ten years.

The VW story has been going on for some time.  They used a software to alter emission testing results and got caught.  Billions (25+) of dollars later, prosecutors now try to recoup the salary paid to the CEO.

Should those being paid to provide governance have to forfeit their salaries if they provide “bad” governance after they learn of a problem?

While this is at its heart an Information story, where the company tried to fake information it was giving the government (and its customers), will it’s biggest impact be forcing Management to forfeit salary and bonus?

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