Category Archives: Compliance
In 2012 Gene Morphis, the former CFO of Francesca’s Collections, revealed sensitive company information on his Twitter account in advance of the company’s annual report to the SEC. It was later revealed that the CFO had often communicated inappropriate company information on social media, which led to his termination from the company.
What a difference a decade makes when finance meets technology. Notice MR0281, originally issued by the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) in 2004, provided guidance for securities dealers on the nature of communications materials, including advertising and correspondence with clients. But that’s not all – IIROC Rule 29.7 (supplemented by IIROC Notice 11-0349) […]
If you’re in a regulated industry, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve been there, done that, and gotten the t-shirt when it comes to understanding social media risk. Regulatory compliance – check. Reputation management – check. But there is one more shadowy figure not often discussed: cybersecurity. Even though security breaches aren’t necessarily associated with […]
If you break your leg, you know what to do – call 911 or head to the nearest Emergency Room. In the digital world, social media emergencies are more difficult to diagnose. What even constitutes a social media emergency? Who deals with it? What should response time be? Here are the most critical social media […]
In 2011, FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) issued two notices and a new rule geared specifically to electronic communications with social media. Generally speaking, financial services organizations can assume that social media falls under the rules of any other business-related electronic communications in terms of recordkeeping, suitability, supervision, and content. However, certain aspects of social […]
The Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) updated its regulatory guidelines for social media last week, providing clarification on its policies regarding testimonials and advertisements. In an effort to keep advisers from promoting any material that could be seen as manipulative, fraudulent, or deceptive, the SEC previously prohibited advisers and investment advisory representatives (IARs) from the […]
Banks and financial institutions face a number of challenges when it comes to digital marketing, particularly with social media. Compliance and privacy issues pose unique challenges for financial marketers who recognize the benefits of having an online presence, but are beholden to guidance from the FFIEC, FINRA, and SEC. Still, some banks and credit unions […]