Starting October 18, as part of a new tracking system, the Department of Homeland Security will collect social media and internet data on U.S. immigrants, including lawful permanent residents, and naturalized citizens. This new plan will coincide with the start of the White House’s new travel restrictions on citizens from Chad, Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, North Korea, and Venezuela.
The data collection plan covers things like Facebook and Twitter, and potentially even Google search results. » Read More
This week in international business news, we discuss Twitter’s lack of patents and implications on its IPO, Hewlett-Packard seeking buyer for its mobile-computing patents, and Mattel suffers a loss in its trademark battle with Zynga over “Scrabble with Friends” in the U.K.» Read More
The rise of social media has ignited a societal change in how people across the world communicate and “stay in touch.” These social networking websites allow users to create personal profiles, post comments, join groups, add contacts, and most important, find like-minded people with whom to share ideas, interests, and experiences. They give users the opportunity to link with others, both near and abroad, based on shared personal interests and business or academic affiliations.» Read More
A survey of IT practitioners conducted by the Ponemon Institute and Juniper Networks suggests that cyber attacks have recently become more harsh and recurrent. At least 90% of the IT practitioners surveyed claimed that they had experienced one or more cyber breaches within the last year, and 89% of these respondents could not identify the source of these breaches. Interestingly, employee mobile devices and laptop computers have been recognized as the top devices used in the unleashing of cyber attacks against a company.
Businesses operating in regulated industries (that is, industries subject to rules and regulations promulgated by governmental agencies and departments) are challenged by the use of websites and other online tools which permit users and readers to interact by sharing and distributing information and content (collectively, “Social Media”). While Social Media presents new professional opportunities for building interactive communities and social networks, it also exposes a Company to potential regulatory violations. » Read More