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Privacy - Don't Hold Your Breath
Friday, 17th May 2013
The discovery that Bloomberg News journalists have been making use of customer data raises broader privacy issues. Associated Press has complained about secret use of its telephone records by the United States Justice Department and the British polling organisation Ipsos MORI has been exposed trying to sell anonymised data from the mobile phone service EE to the London police. How effective is anonymisation, should internet service providers shield user data from the authorities and are some websites’ privacy notices designed merely to protect the providers?
FreePint Launches New Series: Compliance in Context
Tuesday, 14th May 2013
FreePint's work on tackling topics essential to info pros continues with The FreePint Series: Compliance in Context. Andrew Lucas, the series editor, introduces the main themes ranging from keeping up-to-date with regulation changes to choosing the right tool for regulatory compliance, and explains how you can get involved in the series which will run from September - October 2013.
FreePint Series Explores Critical Topics
Thursday, 9th May 2013
FreePint's Series approach tackles essential topics through articles, reports, case studies and webinars. The current Series is "Big Data in Action" with a series on mobile security coming in the summer and an autumn series on regulatory compliance planned.
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Tuesday, 7th May 2013
In contrast to investment ratings agencies such as Standard & Poors, consumer credit reporting services get a relatively clean bill of health, according to a report by the United States Policy & Economic Research Council (PERC) which compares its own assessment with another by the Federal Trade Commission. However, the low percentage of errors could still amount to a lot of missed business opportunities considering the number of credit subjects involved – a situation quite likely exacerbated by findings from FindLaw showing that over 20% of Americans have never bothered to check their credit scores for accuracy.
Whistleblowing - Are You Getting the Help You Need?
Monday, 29th April 2013
Reportedly there is now unprecedented awareness of anti-corruption regulation but the UK fraud prevention service finds that the incidence of whistleblowing is still exceptionally low. Perhaps the current staff oversight model is broken; maybe information companies may face special challenges in dealing with internal corruption? Meanwhile consultation is underway on ways to better protect whistleblowers. This could present opportunities for information professionals to have their say and cement their place in their organisation’s risk and compliance function.
Social Media Disclosure Means More Headaches for Info Pros
Wednesday, 24th April 2013
The United States Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) has ruled that companies may use social media to disclose company information so long as investors know to look for it there. But, despite services like Thomson Reuters’ Accelus Disclosure Solutions, there’s always the risk of unauthorised premature announcements. Pressure from Ovum on European banks to improve their social media presence, and new UK rules on directors’ remuneration reporting, could also complicate the situation – not to mention findings from Pew that social media comment may not even be representative of opinion generally.
Make FreePint Your Source for Sources
Thursday, 18th April 2013
Keeping on top of additions and deletions in databases, new articles, reports and information nuggets published, and tracking new sources and developments in source functionality is a tough call. FreePint’s focus on “source awareness” aims to address this need and - combined with the recently-introduced Alerts feature - should ensure you stay on top of the sources and content essential to your organisation.
FreePint for Information, Insight and Analysis
Thursday, 4th April 2013
As information professionals we spend considerable time and resources evaluating and selecting the best sources to support business research and to allow us to provide high-quality information, insight and analysis to other parts of the business. With the explosion in sources both free and chargeable, keeping up with the most appropriate and most authoritative can be a tough challenge. Taking time to scan the FreePint database of articles and reviews every week can reap dividends in highlighting trends, surfacing new definitive resources for your area and identifying new ways of working.
Fair Use vs Free Ride - Meltwater Loses US Copyright Battle
Wednesday, 3rd April 2013
The debate over copyright in the digital sphere continues with the recent ruling in the Meltwater/Associated Press battle. Central to the decision was whether or not Meltwater was driving subscribers to third-party news sites or acting as a source in itself, and how much free information constitutes "too much".
Mixed Messages on Big Data
Thursday, 28th March 2013
Is big data headed for the hype cycle's Trough of Disillusionment, as Gartner suggests? If it is, that might weed out some of the over-sold technological solutions, leaving the survivors to develop in a maturing market. But challenges still remain - including skill shortages among data scientists and the need for a change of corporate structure, says the Economist Intelligence Unit. And although much of the concern about exploiting big data has centred on privacy hitherto, law firm Pinsent Masons contends that intellectual property rights are just as important - an opportunity on which info pros may be able to capitalise.
Practical Business, Digital World
Thursday, 21st March 2013
Are we battling technology or leveraging it? Far from solving our problems, technologies such as intranets often seem designed to frustrate. And as for big data, that's the latest and, some would argue, "biggest" challenge to date. Find out about how FreePint is launching a series of articles, case studies, reports and webinars (Big Data in Action) to help info pros turn big data into bold insights and knowledge gains.
Mini Review: LogixData SECAnalyzer
Monday, 18th March 2013
Jan Knight reviews LogixData's SECAnalyzer™, an online database offering SEC compliance and disclosure intelligence to law firms, auditors and corporations. The goal of the product is to "deliver insight on SEC disclosures through data, analytics, & technology".
FreePint Supports the Team and Beyond
Wednesday, 6th March 2013
Robin Neidorf considers the role of teams within and between departments and explores how a FreePint Team Subscription can support learning, increase collaboration, and aid the organisation's overall understanding of critical information-related challenges and opportunities. And don't miss out on the special offer!
Google Claims Victory in German Copyright Battle. But Has It Lost the War?
Wednesday, 6th March 2013
Google has been battling it out on the copyright front with European publishers in the last few months. However, while the search engine has been claiming victory of sorts on all fronts, not everybody agrees that Google is gaining the upper hand. Penny Crossland examines exactly what constitutes "victory".
Product Report: CODiE Finalists: Best Legal Information Product
Monday, 25th February 2013
The CODiE Award for Best Legal Information Product saw four very different legal products gain finalist status, each demonstrating particular strengths for discrete areas of information work. FreePint reviewers put each of the finalists to the test: IA Watch, Lexis Advance, Web Preserver and Workshare. There's only one winner but all offer significant benefits to legal information professionals.
Privacy - it's Complicated
Thursday, 21st February 2013
Growing popular support for a "do-not-track" option could seriously threaten internet-based eCommerce, Ovum warns - adding to other comment which raises doubts about both the effectiveness and the intrusiveness of social media and sentiment analytics. Yet official signals about privacy action remain confused at present, with the European Union under pressure from several quarters about its developing data protection regime and Britain's Information Commissioner's Office apparently watering down its own policy on cookies.
Mini Review: Axceler ControlPoint
Thursday, 21st February 2013
SharePoint is well-used in large and small firms for intranets, collaboration and workflow and seems to be maintaining its competitive edge as the latest version, SharePoint 2013, is introduced. Evan Callender reviews Axceler's ControlPoint, which is designed to help those running management and policy enforcement for large SharePoint environments as well as offering some useful features which aren't present in the native SharePoint offering.
FreePint's Perspectives on Big Ideas
Thursday, 21st February 2013
The fast-moving pace of development in the regulations and technology arena creates new opportunities for information professionals in many fields, from compliance and "big data", to research and social media. FreePint's Content and Compliance report explores some of the regulations faced and tools to tackle these. And we announce our upcoming webinar on big data and welcome your input for topics and speakers.
Mini Review: IA Watch
Tuesday, 19th February 2013
Penny Crossland reviews IA Watch, an information portal for compliance practitioners, containing news on more than 200 compliance-related topics as well as up-to-date information on guidelines, laws and best practices. The portal is enhanced by a community forum, collaborative features and links to IA Watch-sponsored webinars.
Content and Compliance Challenges Deliver Opportunities for Info Pros
Monday, 18th February 2013
Tim Buckley Owen reviews the recent FreePint articles on the theme of content and compliance and mulls over the signficant role that information professionals can play in ensuring that their organisation's current and historic information is easily discoverable. There are also opportunities for demonstrating how information professionals are essential to the compliance process as the importance and regulation of compliance increases.