Morning Security Brief: Britain's Radicalization Report, FTC Warns App Makers, Armed Guards on Ships, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►The British Home Affairs Committee on Monday published a report on calling on Internet service providers to help fight violent extremism by being more diligent in removing objectionable sites “with appropriate guidance, advice and support from the Government.” The report, Roots of Violent Radicalisation, calls the Internet the most effective means of promoting violent radicalization.

►The FTC has warned six mobile application companies that their background screening apps may violate parts of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The FTC warned the apps marketers in a letter that, “if they have reason to believe the background reports they provide are being used for employment screening, housing, credit, or other similar purposes, they must comply with the Act.” The act has provisions that protect the privacy of consumer report information and to ensure the information is accurate. Under the FCRA, operations that assemble or evaluate information to provide to third parties qualify as consumer reporting agencies. Mobile apps that supply such information may qualify as consumer reporting agencies under the act.

►Most armed guards on ships off of East Africa aren’t following safety regulations and industry guidelines and many times don’t have gun licenses or insurance, according Gray Page, a company that vets security firms for ship owners. The company conducts surveys of security companies on behalf of ship owners.

►In other news, DHS appoints a public advocate to handle immigration complaints. ♦ On Monday, the Senate sent up legislation that would require the Federal Aviation Administration to come up with rules and regulations that would allow unmanned drones to operate safely in the skies, in three years. ♦ And NBC says companies in foreign countries are making realistic U.S. IDs and selling them online.


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