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Mobile App Privacy: Five Things Businesses Can Do To Stay Out Of Trouble

Posted on Friday, Dec 21, 2012

BY Edward J. Naughton and Ryan S. Moore

The business case for offering a mobile app can be compelling: an app can give a business a constant presence on its customers’ mobile desktop, building brand awareness and allowing easy and direct interaction.  But businesses that roll out apps need to pay attention to privacy rules, too, as the recent enforcement action by California’s Attorney General reminds us.

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A New Wave Of GPL Enforcement? Samba and Linux kernel copyrightholders join the fight

Posted on Friday, Jun 29, 2012

BY Edward J. Naughton

Talk about unintended consequences: Rob Landley, a lead developer of BusyBox, announced that he was rewriting that program solely to disarm GPL enforcers. In response, several other copyright holders came forward to hand the enforcers some bigger and more effective weapons.

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How easy is it to misplace $6 billion?

Posted on Thursday, Apr 10, 2014

BY Kenneth B. Weckstein and Aidan J. Delgado

Recently, the State Department’s Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) made public an internal memorandum stating that over the last six years, the OIG has identified more than $6 billion in State Department contracts “in which contract files were incomplete or could not be located at all.”¹  Among the highlights (lowlights?) of the report were findings that in an auditing sample of 115 contracts for the U.S. mission in Iraq alone, more than 70% of the contract files were missing or deficient.²

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DOE Introduces Proposed Rule to Supplement Income of Accountants and Consultants

Posted on Friday, Apr 4, 2014

BY Kenneth B. Weckstein and Tammy Hopkins

The Department of Energy (“DOE”) is taking a page from the 2012 playbook of the Department of Defense (“DoD”).  In February 2012, DoD issued a final rule that introduced new Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (“DFAR”) clauses that defined contractor business systems and authorized the contracting officer to withhold certain payments for contracting officer-identified “significant deficiencies” in the contractor’s business systems.  DOE recently published a proposed rule that, if finalized, will introduce similar new clauses to the Department of Energy Acquisition Regulation (“DEAR”).

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