Tag Archives: compliance

DOJ’s Settlement Imposes Legal Process Compliance Monitor, Highlighting the Government’s Increased Focus on Data Preservation

Google will spend the next three years with an independent compliance monitor scrutinizing its process for responding to warrants and other government data requests. This and other requirements are part of a settlement agreement with Google, announced by the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) on October 25, 2022, to resolve a four-year long dispute over lost data responsive to a DOJ search warrant.

The dispute dates back to a warrant the DOJ obtained in 2016 in the U.S.… More

Companies Should Beware of Employees Texting Business Communications

Text messaging is convenient.  It is an informal and instant mode of communication now available through numerous apps, which allow an individual to use their synced phone, tablet, and computer to quickly fire off messages.  It’s no wonder that text messaging has extended beyond the realm of friends and family, taking hold in our daily business communications.

However, intra-company text messages and other off-channel business communications have drawn scrutiny from the federal government because they undermine a company’s ability to maintain effective recordkeeping.… More

DOJ Updates Policies on Corporate Ethics and Compliance

Last week, Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco delivered remarks on corporate criminal enforcement, announcing revisions to DOJ’s policies for addressing corporate ethics and compliance matters. These changes reflect an increased focus on holding individuals accountable for corporate wrongdoing, guidance on handling corporate recidivism, further transparency regarding the appropriateness and necessity of monitorships; incentives for voluntary self-disclosure of misconduct; and a recognition of compensation related incentives to garner a corporate culture of compliance.… More

NY Department of Financial Services Slaps $30 Million Fine on Robinhood’s Crypto Platform for Lax Anti-Money Laundering Controls

On August 1, 2022, the New York Department of Financial Services (“DFS” or the “Department”) secured its first enforcement win against a cryptocurrency platform, Robinhood’s crypto trading arm Robinhood Crypto, LLC.

Robinhood Crypto is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Robinhood Markets, Inc. (RHM).  RHM allows users to trade stocks on a commission-free basis through its broker-dealer subsidiary, Robinhood Financial, LLC (RHF).  Robinhood Crypto allows RHF customers to trade cryptocurrencies using customers’ U.S.… More