As computer technologies proliferate, new computer-related risks and liabilities arise from their use. Companies incur many of these risks and liabilities daily. While 10-Rules cannot guard against those individuals who intend on breaking the law, most employees expose companies to computer-related fines and penalties inadvertently, because they lack proper education. These fines, penalties and law suites can cost a company millions of dollars...not to mention the bad press.
“In the US, there’s a 20% piracy rate,” says Peter Beruk, the senior director of compliance marketing with the BSA. “One out of every five copies of business application software are being used illegally.” The top reward for a piracy report that leads to a conviction is $1-million. (1)
The Veterans Affairs Department has agreed to pay $20 million to settle a lawsuit filed by veterans over the risk of potential identity theft when a VA laptop PC that contained their sensitive information was stolen in 2006. The laptop contained files with personally identifiable information on millions of veterans, such as names, birth dates and Social Security numbers. In addition to these costs, the VA suggested offering one year of free credit-monitoring for all Veterans. The estimated cost for this was around $160 million. (2)
While back pain, blurred vision and mouse-related injuries are now well-documented hazards of long-term computer use, the number of acute injuries connected to computers is rising rapidly.
According to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers from the Center for Injury Research and Policy and The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital; and The Ohio State University College of Medicine, have found a more-than-sevenfold increase in computer-related injuries. (3)
Facebook has agreed to pay $10 million to charities as settlement of a class-action lawsuit filed over the use of members’ likenesses in sponsored stories.
The lawsuit alleged that Facebook had violated California’s Right of Publicity Statute, which prohibits the non-consensual use of another person’s name, voice, signature, photograph, or likeness for advertising purposes. The lawsuit stemmed from Facebook users’ “likes” being used as product or brand endorsements, a page or product, together with the use of the person’s name and photo. (4)