Morning Security Brief: Marijuana in the Mail, 'Test on Arrest' Ruling, Identity Theft Rules, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►Colorado post offices say they have seen a dramatic increase in the amount of marijuana people are trying to send through the mail. “So great is the number of marijuana mailings that the Postal Inspection Service in Colorado has created a separate process for dealing with packages suspected of containing only a small amount of drugs,” the Denver Post reports. Not only is it illegal under state and federal laws, but postal officials worry that packages that do somehow get through could put mail carriers in danger “because they end up unwittingly carrying around packages that could be targets for robbers.”

►The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled that “test on arrest” policies that involve collecting and maintaining the DNA sample of arrestees, do not violate the Fourth Amendment's protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. The ruling was a 2-1 decision. "The physical extraction of DNA using a buccal swab collection technique is little more than a minor inconvenience to felony arrestees, who have diminished expectations of privacy,” one judge wrote. The law limits the use of DNA information to trying to solving crimes. The dissenting judge wrote that the database invades the privacy of people not yet convicted and who may never be. He also noted that DNA contains information that could draw in family members as suspects or reveal medical information about an individual.

►The Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has approved for publication in the Federal Register rules to help protect investors from identity theft by ensuring that futures commission merchants, introducing brokers, commodity pool operators, and other CFTC-regulated entities create written identity theft programs to identify, detect, and respond to red flags.

►The Kentucky state attorney is urging lawmakers to close a legal loophole that allows miners who test positive for drugs to return to work after a few days, saying it creates additional risk in an already dangerous industry. More than 1,500 miners have tested positive for drug use since the state began screening them six years ago. ♦  Cyberattacks on Air Force computers take weeks to detect, according to officials. The Air Force is asking for industry help to improve its ability to watch over the network and detect and respond to unauthorized activity. ♦ The U.S. Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is looking for public comment on the development of a customer due diligence regulation. ♦ And The Crime Report examines Mexico’s efforts to reduce crime in Juarez.


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