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New briefing informs investors about potential material risks related to digital rights

Author: Ranking Digital Rights (USA), Published on: 26 September 2017

"Poor Digital Rights Performance - Who Pays the Price?", 20 Sep 2017

Digital rights provide a framework for evaluating risks associated with the management and use of content and personal data by companies that provide highly valued digital services upon which people increasingly depend... The financial implications of digital rights issues are growing rapidly, reshaping how investors should think about risk profiles of companies.... The highest risk issues for investors identified by the Corporate Accountability Index were: Security breaches and the lack of clarity about measures to secure user data; Erratic disclosure of privacy protections and inadequate policies for responsible handling of user data; and Failure to address growing demands by governments to shut down networks in the developing world...Users are already paying a price, with implications for investors.This research note introduces global investors to the evaluation framework, analysis and data produced by Ranking Digital Rights, which ranks the world’s most important internet, mobile, and telecommunications companies on disclosed policies affecting users’ privacy and freedom of expression. 

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