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December 13, 2010

Op-Ed from PRSA Chair on Corporate Transparency in 'WikiLeaks Age' Published in AOL News

PRSA had an op-ed published Dec. 13, 2010, in AOL News. Authored by PRSA Chair and CEO Gary McCormick, APR, Fellow PRSA (@GaryMac865), the opinion piece discusses how current and impending leaks of confidential corporate information by WikiLeaks have placed a greater focus on proactive and transparent corporate reputation management.

Opinion: Corporate Secrecy, Meet WikiLeaks

By Gary McCormick
AOL News
Published: Dec. 13, 2010

Much has been said about the impact WikiLeaks will have in reshaping how governments and corporations think about safeguarding information. But the simplest way to sum up global sentiment might be "shattering."

As in, shattering to the concept that information can remain secure or confidential. Shattering to whatever scrap of optimism we still held that nine years after the collapse of Enron, a summer removed from Toyota's folly and just a few months past the disaster of the BP oil spill, corporate America had finally taken to heart what my colleagues in public relations have been telling it for years:

Transparency and full public disclosure from companies are a must.

Read the rest of the op-ed here.
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