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Internal Investigations Are Moving Out of the Shadows and Into the Spotlight

Joe Mont | June 18, 2013

There was a time when companies, faced with allegations of wrongdoing, conducted an under-the-radar internal investigation, quietly dispensed punishments to those it deemed responsible, and kept the whole process hidden from the public and regulators' view.

Those days are largely over.

Companies are rethinking the balance between secrecy and transparency when it comes to internal investigations. The regulatory encouragement given to whistleblowers, the danger of data breaches, hazards of hackers, and rapid-fire leaks amplified via social media and a non-stop news cycle, means that what happens in-house probably won't stay there. And more commonly, companies find they need to demonstrate that internal problems were handled fairly and completely and that those responsible for the wrongdoing have been disciplined or removed.

“Keeping things under wraps is...

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