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Drones

- A federal judge dismissed a case challenging the Obama administration’s use of unmanned drones to kill terrorism suspects overseas. In her opinion, Justice Rosemary M. Collyer wrote that the courts cannot create a remedy for targeted killings without intruding on the powers of the president and Congress to wage war.

Nuclear Safety

- Since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011, nuclear regulators around the globe have introduced new requirements to improve nuclear safety and security. The Government Accountability Office details the new changes and elaborates on measures still needed to improve nuclear security in the United States.

Trade Secret Theft

- Trade secret theft costs industry billions of dollars each year and no company is immune to trade secret misappropriation. In a recent white paper, the Center for Responsible Enterprise and Trade details how widespread trade secret theft has become and how companies can mitigate the risk of trade secret misappropriation.

Espionage

- The NATO report Pandemonium: Nation States, National Security, and the Internet looks at nation-state hacking and the power of espionage in modern culture.

Global Cyber Risk

- Under Cyber Attack: EY’s Global Information Security Survey 2013, a report from Ernst and Young, describes the cyber risks facing today’s business world and offers some strategies for addressing them.

NSA Surveillance

- President Barack Obama asked a group of experts to provide recommendations on modifying the National Security Agency’s bulk data collection program. Read the report here.

Business Case

- This guide to developing a business case, written by the ASIS International Leadership and Management Practices Council, is designed to help managers effectively present a program or project to senior management and gain additional resources to advance the program.

Healthcare Privacy

- Patient privacy remains at risk despite federal laws to protect it. Learn more in the Fourth Annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security, a study by the Ponemon Institute that was sponsored by ID Experts.

EU Corruption

- Corruption is costly. In fact, it is costing the European Union about €120 billion ($165 billion) per year, according to a recent report from the European Commission. It assesses corruption in all of the EU’s 28 member countries, analyzing industry sectors, the nature and level of corruption, and the effectiveness of measures taken to fight it, which vary from country to country.

Whistleblowers

- The U.S. Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s opinion, ruling that whistleblower protection under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act includes employees of a public company’s private contractors and subcontractors. The plaintiffs had been employed by private companies that manage mutual funds for public companies that have no employees. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg delivered the Court’s opinion, writing that its interpretation of the law “protects the employees of investment advisors, who are often the only firsthand witnesses to shareholder fraud involving mutual funds.”

Concealed Carry

- A federal appeals court ruled that San Diego County’s policy of requiring “good cause” for concealed carry gun permits is unconstitutional. In its opinion, the court wrote that there is a constitutional right to carry a weapon, such as a handgun, outside the home for protection and that the Second Amendment protects Americans’ right to bear arms.

Disability

- An employer violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when it terminated an employee for a temporary condition that he alleged made him disabled, according to a new ruling by a federal court. The court ruled that an “impairment” is not excluded from being a “disability simply because it is temporary.”

Gun Control

- A federal judge upheld Connecticut’s gun control law, which was passed after the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. In his ruling, the judge wrote that while the law “burdens” individuals’ Second Amendment rights, it is related to the government’s interest of public safety and crime control.
 




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