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Shutting down its U.S. operations, however, will not stop the investigations into the incident by officials in the U.S. and Europe. The FBI and Department of Justice have already began looking into the company.
The development might come as a relief to the majority of Americans (97%) who see privacy as a number one priority, according to a 2017 Harris Poll.
Facebook still has work on rebuilding trust with users, a number of whom think less of the company's reputation and leadership. Shortly after news of the data leaks broke, the number of people who said Facebook had a positive reputation dropped from 45% in the Harris Poll’s annual Reputation Quotient survey (administered in December and January 2017) to 35% in a new March 2018 study the Harris Poll conducted for Fast Company.
Zuckerberg and top-level employees also came under severe scrutiny as the March 2018 survey showed a dip in the public’s perception of Facebook’s leadership. The number of people who said Facebook had an excellent leadership fell from 45% in the RQ study to just 22% in the Fast Company-Harris poll.
Quick: Which browser do you use? What’s your go-to place for coffee? Which apps do you tap almost on reflex? Over the past two decades, the rapid digitization of our lives dictates how we access information, where we eat, shop, sleep and socialize. But the rise of e-commerce brought with it a plethora of options that are simply overwhelming people today. To wrest control of their lives, Americans are racing to routines — simplifying their choices by sticking with brands and platforms that are most convenient, frictionless and useful.
We observed this in our annual Reputation Quotient survey, which measures the reputations of the 100 most visible companies in America based on the public's top-of-mind awareness of companies that either faltered or excelled.
This year, Amazon remained at No. 1 while technology giants Google and Apple fell precipitously. Google was a top 10 company for a decade but slumped to No. 28 this year, and Apple dropped to No. 29 from its previous position of No. 5. It's likely that Apple and Google's decline was caused, in part, by not having released as many hyped-up products as in past years.
Read more at Forbes.
Despite growth in reported breaches and illegal data attempts expected, executive confidence in their security measures has risen to 93 percent from just 75 percent three years ago. At the same time, a large number of middle market executives (47 percent) indicate an attempt to illegally access their data or systems is likely—a significant increase over just two years ago (39 percent).
“In today’s digital economy, findings from the RSM US Middle Market Business Index Cybersecurity Special Report show just how crucial technology investments are to protecting middle market firms. Cyber threats today resemble a traditional arms race,” said Daimon Geopfert, principal and national leader of security & privacy services with RSM US LLP. “The data security challenge is real and growing for middle market companies. The sector is a major target for data breaches, and organizations need to channel additional resources to understand, detect and protect against a sophisticated evolution of threats.”
Read the full release at the RSM Newsroom and learn more about the middle market and the MMBI by visiting the RSM website.
The spotlight on workplace sexual harassment since fall 2017 has led to high-profile resignations, terminations and lawsuits. And while the revelations and consequences have prompted ongoing, national conversations about appropriate behavior, only 32 percent of working Americans said that their employer has taken new steps to prevent and address sexual harassment in the workplace, according to a survey by the American Psychological Association.
According to employees, the most common action taken was simply reminding employees of existing sexual harassment training or resources (18 percent).
The study — Workplace Sexual Harassment: Are Employers Actually Responding? — from APA's Center for Organizational Excellence, was conducted online by Harris Poll from Feb. 15-March 1, 2018, among 1,512 U.S. adults who are employed full-time, part-time or self-employed. The data were collected as part of APA's 2018 Work and Well-Being Survey.
While the lack of meaningful change is not entirely surprising, it is disappointing, said David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA, director of APA's Center for Organizational Excellence.
"The #MeToo movement has given business leaders an opportunity to finally take real action addressing a complex problem that has been pervasive for generations," Ballard said. "Our survey—as well as anecdotal reports—shows that too few employers are making comprehensive efforts that can have significant impact. Avoiding the issue is bad for employee well-being and business, but so, too, is a narrow, compliance-based approach. We know from psychological science that relying solely on mandated training designed primarily to limit the organization's legal liability is unlikely to be effective."
Read more at Phys.org
Three years after establishing The Harris Poll in 1963, Lou Harris launched the Alienation Index. When the survey was first conducted in 1966, Americans felt 29% alienated, but by 1968 that number rose to 36%. In retrospect, it is no surprise given the tumultuous sociopolitical climate of that era. While in 1966 the country reveled in its post-World War II status as the world’s savior from fascism and enjoyed a relatively stable economy, by 1968 the glow of victory began to fade. America began to unravel. A values counterculture emerged, and Americans became distrustful of government, religious institutions, even elders. A majority of Americans questioned capitalism, white privilege and the Vietnam War.
The alienation was also especially felt by African-Americans who felt significantly more detached, rising from 34% in 1966 to 56% in 1968, nearly double the sentiments of white Americans. Yet, 52% of white Americans felt in 1968 that racial progress had increased.
Since 1966, the Alienation Index has continued to climb, and since 1972 it has never dipped below 50, except briefly in 2001 when America was momentarily united after the September 11 attacks; in recent years it has peaked around 70%. The Index and “The Eights” are sort of a forensic analysis of America’s current polarized climate with empirical social intelligence data on how past events and attitudes shaped America’s present sociopolitical landscape. At the moment, The Harris Poll is working on a new poll with The Brian Lehrer Show on polarization and what might possibly bridge cultural divides.
“The Eights” series debuted on The Brian Lehrer Show on May 7, offering a brief decade-by-decade history of America’s culture wars.
To listen to “The Eights,” tune in to The Brian Lehrer Show airing weekdays from 10am-noon on WNYC 93.9 FM, AM 820 and wnyc.org.