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Guest column: Consumers embrace Big Tech

2019-11-21T14:25:00+00:00By

Mark Jamison of the American Enterprise Institute discusses why breaking up Big Tech would be bad for consumers, startups, and more.

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Ireland vs. Big Tech: The wait continues

2019-11-19T21:37:00+00:00By

It’s been 18 months since the General Data Protection Regulation went into effect, and still no violations have come out of Ireland. Is the Emerald Isle dragging its feet? CW Editor in Chief Dave Lefort attempts to answer that question.

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Ask Amii mailbag: What makes a champion of culture?

2019-11-14T15:41:00+00:00By

In the latest edition of the Ask Amii mailbag, executive coach Amii Barnard-Bahn offers a checklist for measuring ethical culture, three guideposts for promoting culture at a startup, and her take on getting the right mix of in-person and virtual trainings.

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Mistrust mars Google’s acquisition of Fitbit

2019-11-12T18:30:00+00:00By

Fear and frustration were prevalent among Fitbit owners after its pending acquisition by Google was announced. Given the tech giant’s recent privacy lapses, it’s tough to blame them.

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Ask Amii mailbag: Steps to encourage employees to speak up

2019-11-05T17:43:00+00:00By

This edition of the Ask Amii mailbag offers tips on how to ensure your employees feel safe blowing the whistle, suggestions for encouraging collaboration, and advice for data managers on how to manage data ethically and responsibly in a segmented firm.

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Time to reassess the meaning of ‘compliance’

2019-11-04T16:22:00+00:00By

Deutsche Bank is just the latest scandal-plagued bank to make headlines, once again, for ignoring sound compliance advice. Maybe it’s time to eliminate the entire concept of compliance altogether, writes an exasperated Jaclyn Jaeger.

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The evolution of FCPA enforcement

2019-10-22T17:55:00+01:00By

Compliance Week guest columnist Tom Fox writes about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act’s journey from 2012 through today.

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Ask Amii mailbag: Using compliance skill sets to influence operations

2019-10-22T17:11:00+01:00By

In this “Ask Amii” mailbag, executive coach and former Chief Compliance Officer Amii Barnard-Bahn discusses the pros and cons of outsourcing compliance, breaking tough news to business partners, and how to transfer compliance skills out of finance.

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Ask Amii mailbag: Keeping up with AI, global compliance norms

2019-10-09T14:59:00+01:00By

In this “Ask Amii” monthly mailbag, executive coach and former Chief Compliance Officer Amii Barnard-Bahn explores the future of compliance and best practices for establishing your program in a non-U.S. domain.

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Counterpoint: CCO, GC independence is critical

2019-09-27T15:40:00+01:00By Matt Stankiewicz

Matt Stankiewicz of The Volkov Law Group discusses the importance of having compliance and legal remain separate functions.

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Point: Why CCOs should report to GC

2019-09-27T15:36:00+01:00By Jeff Kaplan

Attorney Jeff Kaplan offers five cons to keeping the chief ethics and compliance officer role separate from general counsel.

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‘The Culture Map’ reminds CCOs context is everything

2019-09-27T15:06:00+01:00By

In his latest book review, Richard Bistrong explores Erin Meyer’s look at how global messages and programs need to be developed and understood on a country-by-country basis, as well as asking several compliance professionals their thoughts.

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‘Inside the Mind’ is our data-driven ode to CCOs

2019-09-26T10:53:00+01:00By

We’re celebrating “Compliance Officer Day” by releasing our first annual “Inside the Mind of the CCO” special report, which is aimed at, among other things, figuring out what motivates and challenges today’s chief compliance officers.

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How Microsoft turned one practitioner into a versatile analytics guru

2019-09-24T19:21:00+01:00By Alan Gibson

Guest columnist Alan Gibson explains how his role as assistant general counsel in Microsoft’s Office of Legal Compliance helped his transition into a world of managing risks through algorithms, machine learning, and digital solutions.

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10 skills needed by the CCOs of today

2019-09-24T19:20:00+01:00By

As the last line of defense for the corporation, CCOs must have certain qualities that set them apart, including courage, humility, and what our career coach calls “executive presence.”

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Kudos to Business Roundtable for advancing ‘purpose of a corporation’

2019-08-22T18:49:00+01:00By

While some mock the true intent of the Business Roundtable’s newly revised “Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation,” others are lauding the fact that it brings social responsibility into the limelight.

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Alexa isn’t sure if she cares about my privacy (and neither am I)

2019-08-19T14:58:00+01:00By

I lose no sleep over how much of my data privacy I potentially sacrifice in my daily life, and neither do most of us—deep down.

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Data privacy vs. national security: Moving the conversation forward

2019-08-14T19:00:00+01:00By

Data privacy compliance and national security seem to be in opposition—with one coming at the expense of the other. It’s time to instead focus the conversation on identifying opportunities for the private sector and government to collaborate.

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Epstein lesson: Ignored compliance advice a red flag

2019-08-14T12:57:00+01:00By

The Jeffrey Epstein scandal serves up a cautionary lesson for those who work for companies that put profits over ethics.

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Facebook settlement was barely worth waiting for

2019-07-24T21:01:00+01:00By

The compliance aspects of what will be expected of Facebook going forward were fair enough, but a lack of personal liability has us questioning the settlement.

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FTC looks worryingly timid in staying silent on Facebook

2019-07-15T19:19:00+01:00By

The FTC, by dragging its feet and keeping silent on a massive Facebook fine, raises concerns about its potential role as top cop on the data privacy beat.

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After another arrogant move, Facebook needs to be put in check

2019-07-11T21:17:00+01:00By

The social media company is hardly quiet about its crypto initiative, but nevertheless failed to see the materiality of creating a global payments system.

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Why CEOs today must be change leaders for social issues

2019-06-28T18:00:00+01:00By

The Wayfair walkout represents just the latest high-profile example of how social and policy issues continue to spill into the corporate ethics and compliance realm.

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Public register pros trump cons

2019-06-26T21:02:00+01:00By Matthew Stephenson

Harvard Law School’s Eli Goldston Professor of Law Matthew Stephenson discusses the benefits of public registers.

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No proof in public register value

2019-06-26T21:00:00+01:00By Geoff Cook

Consultant and independent director Geoff Cook offers evidence on why public registers are still lacking.

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Ask Amii mailbag: People skills, diverse backgrounds add to CCO role

2019-06-25T14:55:00+01:00By

In this edition of our compliance advice column, Amii Barnard-Bahn discusses what people skills are necessary to become a truly effective compliance practitioner.

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Three reasons why you should save the date for CW2020

2019-06-19T18:16:00+01:00By

One of the most common pieces of feedback we heard from first-time attendees of the recently completed 14th national Compliance Week conference in Washington D.C. was that they wished they had discovered our three-day GRC-palooza sooner. Editor in Chief Dave Lefort explains why.

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Breaking up is dumb to do

2019-06-14T19:28:00+01:00By

Is splitting up big tech companies a cure for their outsized influence? Probably not.

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Ask Amii mailbag: How to break bad news to important people

2019-06-05T19:10:00+01:00By

In this edition of our compliance advice column, Amii Barnard-Bahn lays out four guidelines for tough conversations, and a guest expert weighs in on what to do if someone’s holding your data hostage.

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Policy change previewed by DOJ a tip of the cap to compliance

2019-06-05T16:00:00+01:00By

A change to the DOJ’s leniency program could be good news for companies that can demonstrate an effective compliance program.

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ExxonMobil governance as toxic as carbon footprint

2019-06-03T14:17:00+01:00By

The fact that ExxonMobil continues to think only about its bottom line and is indifferent toward the devastating global consequences of its actions demonstrates a corporate culture with no moral compass.

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My Compliance Library: Embedding nature and care into CCO job

2019-05-21T19:17:00+01:00By

In his latest book review, Richard Bistrong explores Paul J. Zak’s theory on how building relationships with colleagues and keeping communications honest and vulnerable is key to establishing a high-performing company.

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A legacy in cowboy boots

2019-05-06T15:49:00+01:00By

Former CFTC Commissioner Bart Chilton, who died last month, struck more a figure of a rock star than a regulator.

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What you can expect from our new Website

2019-05-01T20:20:00+01:00By

Thursday marks an important milestone for Compliance Week, a culmination of months of planning and building the customized digital platform our subscribers deserve.

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Leave it to Trump to show us how not to hire a CCO

2019-04-03T21:02:00+01:00By

The Trump Organization reportedly has a new head of compliance, but was that hire, and whatever process was behind the pick, suitable for such an important position?

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Guarding the gatekeeper

2019-04-02T15:19:00+01:00By

Gatekeepers who have firsthand knowledge of corporate wrongdoing should be entitled to the same legal protections afforded to any other whistleblower.

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Ask Amii mailbag: Keys to effective, engaging training

2019-04-02T15:13:00+01:00By

Executive coach Amii Barnard-Bahn tackles your questions on compliance training, conducting an ethics health check, and more.

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South America cleans up its act

2019-03-27T21:41:00+00:00By

A look at key investigations and enforcement actions in South America and Mexico in the past four years signifies a changing legal landscape that offers compliance lessons in advancing third-party anti-corruption compliance.

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Avenatti arrest fallout: don’t confuse whistleblowing with extortion

2019-03-25T21:56:00+00:00By

A high-profile arrest of Michael Avenatti for an extortion scheme against Nike raises difficult questions of corporate responsibility regarding whistleblower initiatives.

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Insider threats often are hardest to detect

2019-03-15T19:26:00+00:00By

In his latest editorial, Compliance Week Editor in Chief Dave Lefort applies what he learned at CW West to recent insider scandals and provides several compliance-related takeaways.

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My Compliance Library: How to create a ‘Fearless Organization’

2019-03-13T14:55:00+00:00By

Richard Bistrong explains how Amy C. Edmondson’s book on organizational health relies on the idea that employees are not governed by fear, but rather empowered by a safe environment that embraces honesty and candor.

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Facebook: Can a data privacy dog really learn new tricks?

2019-03-07T20:40:00+00:00By

Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, wrote a long, detailed blog post on Wednesday to announce new data security and privacy initiatives. Has he seen the light, or is this yet another false promise from the social media giant?

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Q&A: A view of bank risk from the battlefield

2019-01-24T13:15:00+00:00By

Compliance Week talked with Stuart Brock, director of Seal Software, about the risks faced by banks—not the least of which is third-party due diligence.

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Data-bungling Facebook has to earn back our trust

2019-01-14T10:00:00+00:00By

It was a tight race, but we are officially declaring Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg as the executive most in need of a compliance makeover in 2019.

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Counterpoint: Deregulation aids the majority

2019-01-08T14:00:00+00:00By Michael Busler

Stockton University Professor of Finance Dr. Michael Busler says regulating industry can be very costly to consumers.

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Point: Regulation is a stabilizing force

2019-01-08T13:30:00+00:00By Hersh Shefrin

Santa Clara University behavioral finance professor Hersh Shefrin says regulation is a remedy for a host of imperfections that interfere with well-functioning markets.

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Q&A: Five questions with a TPRM specialist

2019-01-07T14:49:00+00:00By Compliance Week

Abercrombie & Fitch Senior Compliance Counsel Rob Seibel, a specialist when it comes to the implementation of a third-party risk management program, discusses trends and challenges around managing risks with third parties.

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Ask Amii mailbag: How a bad economy might impact compliance

2019-01-04T14:51:00+00:00By

In the “Ask Amii” monthly mailbag, executive coach and former Chief Compliance Officer Amii Barnard-Bahn checks in on how compliance would fare if the economy goes south, lessons from Facebook’s tough year, and more.

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When the customer’s not right

2019-01-02T10:00:00+00:00By

The Petrobras, Stryker, and Polycom enforcement actions serve as a lesson to compliance officers on how to guard against customer bribery schemes.

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Disclosure reform an idea worth pursuing

2018-12-31T11:15:00+00:00By

The SEC is once again digging into disclosure reforms, and the debate has shifted from what to file to how frequently companies need to file.