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Internet Privacy

- Want privacy for your Internet searches? Then check out Ixquick, this month’s “Site to See,” the only metasearch engine that deletes the user’s personal data.

Password Security

- The weakest link in computer network security isn’t technology, it’s users, concludes a new government survey from the United Kingdom. Find out why passwords are key.

IT Security

- Peer-to-peer file-sharing networks pose a severe risk of inadvertent disclosure for large financial institutions, say researchers from the Center for Digital Strategies.

Web Protections

- Consumers will pay more money to shop on a retailer’s Web site with strong privacy protections according to a Carnegie Mellon study.

Architecture

- A controversial third stairwell is one of the new building code requirements for high rises issued after a three-year study done in the wake of 9-11.

Building Security

- Find out which retrofit option is best to protect your building from a number of chemical releases according to a joint government report.

Email Privacy

- E-mail accounts stored by an Internet service provider carry the expectation of privacy, ruled a federal appeals court. The government must obtain a warrant or tell the e-mail account’s owner a subpoena has been issued for that information.

Rail Security

- Resources committed to protecting the nation’s railways are inadequate, concluded researchers. They recommend legislation to identify threats, clarify public-private sector security roles, and provide more funding.

Religious Discrimination

- A female Muslim police officer was not discriminated against by the city of Philadelphia, ruled a federal court, when it refused to allow her to wear an Islamic headscarf.

Insurance

- A bill (S. 467) extending the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002 (TRIA) for two more years has been signed into law by President Bush. The new law extends the TRIA, which otherwise would have expired at the end of 2005. The law also establishes a commission charged with developing a transitional system to take its place. Without the TRIA, a government program that keeps insurance for terrorist attacks affordable, proponents of the bill argued that terrorism insurance would become unaffordable for most businesses.

Trojans Bearing Gifts

- Malicious code threats continue to rise, according to this software company report.

Bio/Chem Threats

- This report examines the bio/chem threat to airports and makes recommendations on how to assess and counter the threat.

Personal Data

- A new online guide on information theft discusses the effects of loss of personal data. Future installments will discuss prevention.
 




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