SM Online: Financial Markets
07/25/2013 - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has sent warning letters to 10 data brokers after an investigation indicated that they might be willing to sell personal information in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
SM Online: Legal Issues
07/25/2013 - A federal appeals court has ruled that warehouse employees may pursue a lawsuit against their company to receive payment for the time spent undergoing security screenings at the end of their shifts.
SM Online: Cybercrime
07/25/2013 - The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will be holding more workshops on the cybersecurity framework it is developing with the help of the private sector. Read the initial analysis of comments to find out what industry leaders and organizations are saying the framework should include.
SM Online: Legal Issues
07/25/2013 - A federal district court has ruled that an employee who was incorrectly linked to a negative background check may not pursue a class action lawsuit against the consumer reporting agency that conducted the check. The court found that the lawsuit was too broad because the plaintiff could not prove that most negative checks were inaccurate.
International: Research & Studies
05/24/2013 - The Center for Global Development released a study in January looking at 160 cases where biometrics have been used in developing countries. Learn more about how biometrics have been used as an identifier in voting systems, national ID databases, and more.
Legal Issues: Drug Control
05/24/2013 - A federal court has ruled that a steel manufacturing company’s random drug and alcohol screening program is not discriminatory. Given the dangerous nature of the work involved, the court ruled that the program was necessary to maintain a safe work environment.
International: Drug Control
05/24/2013 - This comprehensive study from the United Nations Office of Drug and Crime, Transnational Organized Crime in Central American and the Caribbean, examines trends in violence and the drug trade in Central America.
Legal Issues: Homeland Security
05/24/2013 - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has ruled that the CIA must turn over documentation regarding its drone program.
05/24/2013 - The Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA) is working with manufacturers, consultants, integrators, and end users to develop interoperability specifications, or PSIA Profiles.
Homeland Security: Legal Issues
05/24/2013 - A federal appeals court has ruled that the right to carry a concealed weapon is not protected under the U.S. Constitution. The court ruled that it could not declare the act of carrying a concealed weapon as “sufficiently basic to the livelihood of the nation.”
05/24/2013 - Find out more about an untraditional method of decision making in which a computer program helps assess unlikely outcomes. The process is explored in this report on robust decision making from Rand Corporation.
05/24/2013 - The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the plaintiffs challenging the constitutionality of the government’s domestic spying law do not have standing to pursue their case. The Court ruled that the plaintiffs—journalists, international aid groups, labor organizations, and attorneys—could not sue because they could not show that they had been directly harmed by the law.
The Workplace: IT Security
05/24/2013 - According to a recent survey of IT professionals conducted by the Ponemon Institute, insider fraud is on the rise, with data breaches being one of the most common threats. However, fewer than half of the companies surveyed say they are prepared to deal with the challenge. Read about those and other findings online.