Category Archives: Compliance

Research confirms that Facebook, Twitter and Google are spying on users

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big brother (Photo credit: Vince_Lamb)

Social networks: can robots violate user privacy?

ECM Plus +++ Recent news in the international media has revealed numerous Internet privacy concerns that definitely deserve attention and further investigation, which is why Geneva-based High-Tech Bridge  decided to conduct a simple technical experiment to verify how the 50 largest social networks, web services and free emails systems respect – or indeed abuse – the privacy of their users.

According to High-Tech Bridge, the experiment and its results can be reproduced by anyone, as we tried to be as neutral and objective as possible. Continue reading

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Half of firms suffering from cloudphobia – survey

Snoopers (sic) Paradise

Snoopers (sic) Paradise (Photo credit: the justified sinner)

Fear of governments snooping deters companies from using the cloud

ECM Plus +++ Almost half of IT experts are deterred from keeping sensitive data in the cloud because of fear of government intervention and possible legal action, according to a new survey from Lieberman Software which was released today. Continue reading

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Euro crisis to last a decade – Farage

Nigel Farage with Members of the University of...

Nigel Farage with Members of the University of York Freedom Association Society (Photo credit: The Freedom Association)

Currency crisis to bring ‘creeping European dictatorship’

ECM Plus /London/ +++ Businesses trying to plan investment for the future and commerce with increasing mountains of bureaucratic ‘jobsworth’ red tape, compliance, regulations and directives from across the sea had a wake up call this week.

Responding to the ‘State of the Union’ speech by Eurocrat Manuel Barroso, UKIP leader Nigel Farage said Barroso had “totally underestimated the complete fanaticism, Mr Barroso of you, your college of commissioners and the European central bank.” Continue reading

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Big bank insider exposes $20bn UBS tax evasion, awarded $104m

National Whistleblowers Center – www.whistleblowers.org

Whistleblower bags massive $104 million reward for foiling bankster scam

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus /Washington, D.C./ +++ Former UBS banker Bradley Birkenfeld has won a massive whistleblower reward of $104 million for his contributions in providing the U.S. Government with insider information on UBS’ illegal offshore banking scheme.

According to the National Whistleblowers Center, this is believed to be the largest reward ever given to an individual whistleblower in the United States and the first major reward issued under the IRS tax whistleblower law. Continue reading

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Foundation sues over email and phone hacking allegations

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Electronic Frontier Foundation

EFF says government ‘withholding information’ about ‘unconstitutional spying’

Washington, D.C. – The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) sued the Department of Justice (DOJ) today, demanding answers about illegal email and telephone call surveillance at the National Security Agency (NSA). Continue reading

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Alfresco unveils Records Management 2.0

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Open source Alfresco launches Records Management 2.0

Open source doyen Alfresco takes wraps off latest Records Management 2.0 for enterprise file capabilities

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus /London/ +++ Alfresco’s newest Records Management 2.0 is now available for serving enterprise organisations and government departments for management of governance and compliance processes.

According to the open source content software specialist, RM 2.0 boasts open source records management and retention tools. Continue reading

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Walmart in the doghouse again as CSR slouches

Walmart Market

Every little helps

130,000 call out retail behemoth Walmart’s supplier for ‘forced labor’ and ‘brutal conditions’

VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVWos-FBLjQ

ECM Plus +++ In yet another corporate social responsibility PR blunder, a worker’s campaign on change.org is calls on retail giant Walmart to cancel a contract with a seafood supplier accusing the retail corporate of ‘forced labor’.  Continue reading

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South African Wal-Mart mega-merger in ‘fundamentally flawed’ claim

South African Commercial, Catering and Allied ...

Unions appealing rulings as 'flawed'

Appeal against Wal-Mart and Massmart merger in South Africa

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Court hearing commences today to determine whether the South African merger of Wal-Mart and Massmart can proceed, or whether the matter should be referred back to the Competition Tribunal for consideration.

Three South African Government Ministries, supported by labour federation COSATU, are appealing based on their claim that the earlier Competition Tribunal proceedings were fundamentally flawed and are seeking a full rehearing of the matter. Continue reading

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Charges for state inspections will hit small firms hardest

NAMM 2007 - Mr Jobsworth.

Concerns over 'revenue generating' inspections. Image: Eleventh Earl of Mar

Proposals for ‘elf’n’safety’ jobsworths to charge for inspections

ECM Plus +++ Draconian new state proposals to charge small enterprises for ‘material’ faults found during inspections by the Health and Safety Executive could damage relationships and may be seen as a way to ‘raise revenue’ rather than improving compliance, says the Federation of Small Businesses in response to a consultation which closed Friday.

In a classic case of ‘mission creep’, the HSE quango is proposing to ‘extend’ its current systems of ‘cost recovery’ to include a ‘fee’ for ‘intervention’ where an inspector will charge for the inspection and any subsequent actions when a ‘material’ fault has been found. Continue reading

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Government’s carbon tax con bashing business in Oz

Koala bear nailed to the tree

Carbon con chaos hurting Oz. Image: laRuth

Australia’s draconian carbon tax is another scurrilous cost burden on a struggling industry

ECM Plus +++ Speaking at the Australian Tourism Directions Conference in Canberra, David Scowsill, President and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) recognised Australia’s commitment to the promotion of travel and tourism, but attacked the carbon tax announced by the Australian socialist government yesterday.

Australia is now the seventh largest travel and tourism economy in the world and it is set to maintain this position over the next 10 years. International arrivals are continuing to grow and spending by international visitors in Australia has grown by around a third since 2005. Continue reading

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Sixth amendment sees new governance platform for DocAve

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DocAve 6 now proffers governance features. Image: Jens Gyldenkærne Clausen

AvePoint intros DocAve 6 enterprise-class management platform for SharePoint governance

By ECM Plus

ECM Plus +++ AvePoint has just released a public beta of its new DocAve 6, which it claims is now an enterprise-class management platform for SharePoint governance.

According to the company, this sixth version of DocAve enables security and compliance for enterprise content. Continue reading

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WEEKEND PLUS: Jobsworths ponder putsch on small biz red tape

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Minister Edward Davey: "...freedom to innovate and grow..." Image - bisgovuk.

Government and FRC consider cutting financial reporting burden for small businesses

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Proposals to simplify the financial and corporate reporting requirements for the smallest businesses are the subject of a new ‘Discussion Paper’ published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (formerly DTI) and the Financial Reporting Council.

Dubbed ‘Simpler Reporting for Smaller Businesses’, the discussion paper sets out ideas to reduce the amount of reporting micro-entities would be required to undertake.

FRC said this could benefit around 5 million businesses and result in considerable cost savings in relation to the preparation of their accounts. Continue reading

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Credit crunch driving SMEs to ‘raid the family silver’

Local businesses

SME sector - the engine of economies

47 percent of Britain’s small business owners inject personal cash into their companies to stay afloat

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Rising business costs are adversely affecting the private lives and personal finances of many SME owners, according to a new study by Make It Cheaper and the Centre for Economic and Business Research. Continue reading

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WEEKEND PLUS: Scapegoating scheme not helping – ICM

Francis Maude

Francis Maude

ICM says Maude’ ‘name and shame’ plans ‘unworkable’

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Government plans to ‘name and shame’ late payers is impractical, unworkable and yet another missed opportunity, according to the Institute of Credit Management.

ICM said that such a ruse appeared to be to ‘chase a headline’ rather than address the fundamental issue that should be focused around up-skilling businesses and giving them the tools to better understand the value and importance of best credit management practice, it said in a statement.

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Food content awarded ‘Non-GMO Verified’ badge of honour

Different varieties of soybeans being grown to...
As nature intended: compliance to food content standards

Appearing on-pack in August for all Silk soymilk, ‘Pure Coconut’ and ‘Pure Almond’ brands

Plant-based beverage brand Silk has confirmed that all of its products in the beverage portfolio of the company have now been verified by the Non-GMO Project, the association of manufacturers, retailers, distributors, farmers, seed companies and consumers.

According to the company, Silk’s portfolio includes Silk Soymilk, Silk Pure Coconut® and Silk Pure Almond. All Silk soymilk, coconutmilk and almondmilk products were enrolled in The Non-GMO Project’s Product Verification Program in 2010. Continue reading

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German telco taken to task by workers

Deutsche Telekom corporate headquartiers, Bonn

Telekom trangresses corporate guidelines as unions escalates to OECD

Global union alliance files OECD complaint against Deutsche Telekom for union-busting

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ A complaint filed with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) describes how German telco behemoth Deutsche Telekom has engaged in anti-union activity in the United States of America and in Montenegro that violates OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

According to the complainant, filed by the German union ver.di, US union the Communications Workers of America and global union federation UNI Global Union, details the union-busting activity in the United States, where the management of wholly-owned subsidiary T-Mobile USA “has engaged in a pattern of conduct designed to undermine and frustrate employees’ efforts to choose union representation freely and to deny employees their rights to collective bargaining.” Continue reading

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Digital rights guide to protect computers and mobile devices published

Hugh D'Andrade's design to commemorate Electro...

Digital rights take centre stage in new publication

New ‘Know Your Digital Rights’ guide to constitutional liberties

By ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION

EFF +++ The Electronic Frontier Foundation has answers to these questions in our new “Know Your Digital Rights” guide, including easy-to-understand tips on interacting with police officers and other law enforcement officials.

“With smart phones, tablet computers, and laptops, we carry around with us an unprecedented amount of sensitive personal information,” said EFF Staff Attorney Hanni Fakhoury. “That smart phone in your pocket right now could contain email from your doctor or your kid’s teacher, not to mention detailed contact information for all of your friends and family members. Your laptop probably holds even more data — your Internet browsing history, family photo albums, and maybe even things like an electronic copy of your taxes or your employment agreement. This is sensitive data that’s worth protecting from prying eyes.” Continue reading

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MEGA-Approva deal melds controls into enterprise GRC powerplay

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Control meets governance in new alliance

Firms collaborate for automate GRC processes

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Enterprise governance, risk and compliance specialist MEGA has just teamed up with continuous controls monitoring and audit bellwether Approva to market a new optimised GRC offering. Continue reading

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Sonic taps MetricStream for GRC and SOX

Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D–MD) and Rep. Michael G. ...

GRC solutions - helping to weed out internal corporatist corruption and expose tacit collusion

Fortune 500 auto retailer goes for governance, risk and compliance solution
By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Enterprise governance, risk and compliance specialist MetricStream has announced a new deal with Sonic Automotive for a new Internal Audit Management and Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOx) Compliance system.

According to the GRC provider, the new system will be used to automate and centralise its internal audit system and processes. Continue reading

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Document management helps detect jobsworth jiggery-pokery

NAMM 2007 - Mr Jobsworth.

The Enemy Within? Public sector jobsworth internal fraud increasing. (Image by Eleventh Earl of Mar via Flickr)

Preventing rising public sector employee ‘jobsworth’ fraud tackled by document management, says document management vendor Version One

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Reported cases of internal fraud are increasing following spending review cuts, according to dcument magement software vendor Version One.

The company said it was now urging public sector departments, agencies and quangos to invest in its electronic document imaging and cheque printing software, to combat rising levels of so-called ‘jobsworth terrorists’ or ‘jobsworth-jacking’ – public sector employee fraudsters. Continue reading

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In-house counsel warns over corporate compliance and internal reporting

Eagle with flag in background.

Eagle-eyes and ears of corporate whistleblowers

Association of Corporate Counsel frustrated by SEC ruling on whistleblowing bounty provisions of Dodd-Frank

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is strongly disagreeing with a new Securities and Exchange Commission’s ruling that bypasses internal compliance and reporting systems in favour of permitting tips from prospective whistleblowers to be submitted directly to the SEC.

“The SEC’s bounty rule is a Pandora’s box that, when opened, is likely to create new and even unanticipated harms rather than promoting better reporting of potential problems” commented ACC’s senior vice president and general counsel Susan Hackett. Continue reading

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WEEKEND PLUS: Unlawful streaming of content gets top billing

John Cornyn official portrait
Senator John Cornyn

Senate Bill calls for tougher penalties for unlawful streaming of content

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Senate Judiciary Committee members Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), John Cornyn (R-Tex.) and Christopher Coons (D-Del.) this week introduced S. 978, a bipartisan bill aimed at more effectively combating the online theft of copyrighted works by classifying the illicit streaming of music, movies and other content as a felony.

Under current law, illegal uploading and downloading of protected works is already a felony but not streaming. The bill follows upon the recommendations of U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel who in March outlined several steps Congress should take to improve intellectual property protection in the America. Continue reading

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Digital asset firesale as Autonomy mops up at Iron Mountain

Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch

Autonomy’s moves into the cloud platform to expand to 25 petabytes of customer data under management

By PAUL QUIGLEY

ECM Plus +++ Autonomy has just acquired selected key assets of Iron Mountain’s digital division including archiving, eDiscovery and online backup.

In a digital asset firesale that observers see as a stratgic move into the cloud for Autonomy, this means access to Autonomy’s technology for information governance in secure, private clouds in data centres. Continue reading

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American business leaders demand rebuttal of EU standards straightjacket

José Manuel Durão Barroso

Attempts to impose restrictive standards on America's business innovators

American trade groups and associations urge USTR to reject EU proposal that restricts choice of international standards

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers, National Foreign Trade Council and more than a dozen industry trade associations sent a joint letter to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) stating their strong objections to a European proposal in current World Trade Organization (WTO) Non-Agricultural Market Access (NAMA) negotiations. Continue reading

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Terra firma: Land grab as realtors tap ClearPeople for SharePoint, doc management

Commercial property in Carnotstr., Berlin.

Commercial property moves in on document management, SharePoint with ClearPeople

ClearPeople offers commercial property sector better document management and consulting for property transactions.

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ SharePoint document management specialist ClearPeople has a new offering for commercial property clients in the wake of recent roll-outs for Cushman Wakefield, Knight Frank and Land Securities.

According to ClearPeople, document management systems are becoming increasingly critical in property firms, due in part to rising amounts of emails and paper documents in property deals which continue to put the strain on traditional filing systems. Continue reading

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