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- Courts consider whether Transportation Security Administration officers are immune from civil suits, and legislatures tackle data breaches and privacy.

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CORRUPTION

- More than one in four people report having paid a bribe in the last 12 months when interacting with key public institutions and services and governments are not perceived as doing enough to hold the corrupt accountable. In the 2013 Global Corruption Barometer, Transparency International breaks down how widespread corruption is globally and how individual countries are handling the problem.

Legal Report

- Courts consider whether the FTC can sue a hotel chain for inadequate information security and whether a whistleblower can collect twice on similar information. Australian legislators define privacy, and U.S. legislators address government surveillance.

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- Links to legislation and resources used in this month's Legal Report.

Privacy

- Australia has enacted a new amendment that will broaden the definition of personal information and require more transparency from organizations on how that personal information is stored. The new law, The Privacy Regulation 2013, is part of the broader Privacy Amendment Act of 2012 and applies to companies with revenues of more than AUD 3 million that collect information, such as names, contact details, payment information, or other details related to a specific person, for any purpose.

Liability

- A federal court has ruled that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) can advance with a lawsuit against a hotel group for allegedly failing to safeguard consumers’ personal information. The FTC accused the Wyndham Worldwide Corporation of failing to implement adequate security in its computer system, which led to three data breaches between April 2008 and January 2010.

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- Links to legislation and resources used in this month's Legal Report.

U.S. Judicial Decisions and Federal Legislation

- Courts consider the use of drones to target terrorists and the applicability of workers’ compensation to undocumented workers.

Parody

- The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) settled a lawsuit with an activist who was selling merchandise using their logos. The NSA and DHS acknowledged that merchants who use images and names of government agencies on parody merchandise are not in violation of any federal laws.

Gun Rights

- The U.S. Supreme Court refused to re-enter Second Amendment gun controversies and denied to hear three cases seeking clarification on the scope of an individual’s right to have a gun for personal self-defense.

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.

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.
 




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