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Are Your Employees Using Electronic Communications Appropriately?

Appropriate workplace communication covers so much, and the digital age has increased this complexity exponentially. From safe use of email and social media to what employees can legally and morally say and not say, electronic communication is often a compliance minefield. Consider:

  • A survey of 500 IT decision makers conducted by Egress found that 44 percent of employees have accidentally exposed sensitive information via email.
  • The same survey revealed that 26 percent of employees share unencrypted sensitive info outside the organization, thus increasing the odds of a data breach. 
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Where Employees Struggle the Most with Corruption

Corporate corruption consequences don’t come much bigger than the $1 billion settlement that Ericsson reached following an ongoing investigation. Ericsson was accused by the Justice Department of violating the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and engaging in bribery.

Most corruption cases obviously don’t approach the scope of the Ericsson settlement, but smaller organizations should nonetheless take heed. Companies may not blatantly engage in corruption, but they and their employees must know corruption and bribery law basics, recognize when business decisions feel amiss, and identify actions that potentially cross the line into unethical or illegal territory.

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New Year, New You? Three Resolutions To Improve Your Compliance Momentum

This is the first of a series of posts by Harper Wells, True Office Learning’s Director of Compliance Insights and Strategy. Harper is passionate about moving ethics and compliance programs from evolving to leading practice. With over 15 years of compliance, risk, and governance experience across heavily regulated industries, Harper drives the product strategy and thought leadership functions, bringing the client voice into True Office Learning's solution roadmap.

Oh, New Year's resolutions...

Love them or hate them, they become a central topic of conversation every year. How many of us swear we’re going to hit the gym three times a week or learn a new language? These lofty – and often unrealistic – goals seem like a great idea until we try to live up to our own expectations. Experts predict most “resolutions” fall by the wayside by the time February rolls around.

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Massive GDPR Fines Signal Enforcement Is a Regulatory Priority

Recent large fines indicate that enforcement of consumer data privacy, under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is a priority for regulators. The GDPR creates mandatory rules for how companies must use and protect personal data, including any information that could identify a living person directly or indirectly, such as name, phone number, or address.

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A Look at the Largest U.S. Civil Penalty in a Data Privacy Case

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) earlier this year announced a settlement order that requires Facebook to pay an unprecedented $5 billion civil penalty—the most ever imposed in an FTC case and among the largest civil penalties ever obtained by the federal government. 

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