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Insights on Internet Investigations

- The National Institute of Justice has issued another in its series of reports on investigating high-tech crimes. It provides guidance on such issues as tracing an Internet address to its source. It also looks at specifics with regard to various issues such as Web site capture tools and Web archiving sites that may help an investigator determine the content of a site at the time the crime was committed. It likewise discusses the unique concerns involved in investigations of instant messenging (IM), chat rooms, and Internet Relay Chat. It notes, for example, "Service providers are not required to retain IP address information. Therefore, when an IM program is involved, time is of the essence." Read the complete report.

Who's Who and What's Where

- (ISC)2, a nonprofit involved in educating and certifying information security professionals, has issued its '2007 Resource Guide for Today's Information Security Professional, Global Edition.' The 126-page almanac is available free from the Web site. It lists information about security-focused professional associations, conferences and trade shows, Web sites, online and print publications, and educational institutions in North, Central, and South America and the Europe/Middle East/Africa and Asia-Pacific regions. Read the resource guide.

Food Safety

- Food-Related Illness and Death in the United States White Paper Synopsis (this document explains the source of the statistics generally quoted on the numbers of illness and deaths in the U.S. from food).

State Perspective - Illinois

- William C. 'Bill' Burke has served as director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency since 2003, coordinating incident response while building terrorism preparedness alongside Illinois Homeland Security and the state's Terrorism Task Force. Prior to that, Burke served as a regional administrator for the U.S. General Services Administration and Inspector General of the Illinois Department of Military Affairs. An Army veteran of the Vietnam War, Burke received the Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal. Read the full interview.

Background Screening

- The Texas Legislature has introduced a bill (S.B. 21) that would require owners, directors, and operators of daycare centers to submit their fingerprints for an FBI background check. Before being hired to work at a daycare center, all prospective employees must also undergo background checks. Employees may not work at the center until the check has been completed.

Privacy

- The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that its Automated Targeting System, which was originally designed to track cargo, is being used to profile travelers, operators, and crew members on all vessels, vehicles, aircraft, and trains that enter or exit the United States.

RFID

- The DoD has issued a final rule requiring that its contractors use RFID technology to track specific materials, including packaged petroleum products, chemicals, additives, and construction equipment.

Data Mining

- Proponents and opponents of the use of data mining for predicting terrorist events faced off at a congressional hearing. Read their testimonies and judge for yourself which argument cites the best data points.

Religious Discrimination

- An appellate court has upheld a lower court ruling in which a company that allowed an employee to keep religious material posted in her cubicle was not liable for religious discrimination.

Negligence

- A third party sued Agilent Technologies when one of its employees posted threatening messages about him on Internet bulletin boards. The courts ruled that the company had no liability in that case.

Union Activity

- A federal appeals court has ruled that a casino violated National Labor Relations Board rules when it terminated an employee for theft even though the employee was guilty - she was also the sole union organizer at the site.

Bullying

- An Indiana appellate court has struck down a $325,000 judgment granted to an employee who claimed his boss bullied him.

Premises Liability

- A Virginia appeals court has ruled that a hotel may be held liable for an assault on a guest because there was ample warning from police reports that guests were at risk.
 




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