Legal Report: Legislation
03/31/2010 - A new Georgia law (formerly S.B. 82) regulates the secondary sale of metals such as copper and provides penalties for the theft of such metals. Under the new law, anyone purchasing the materials must obtain a photocopy of the seller’s driver’s license. If the metal being purchased is part of a motor vehicle, the seller must provide the title or a certificate from the state designating that the car can be sold as scrap. Under the new law, selling stolen metal valued at more than $500 is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and up to five years in prison.
Legal Report: Terrorism
03/31/2010 - A federal court upheld the sentencing of disbarred attorney Lynne Stewart, who was convicted of passing messages from her client Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman to his followers.
Legal Report: Legislation
03/31/2010 - A company that fired a potentially violent employee is not guilty of discrimination and a plaintiff who deleted e-mail loses the right to pursue the case. Also, legislative updates.
Daily Headline : Best Practices \ Case Studies
03/19/2010 - Lawmakers in New Hampshire have defeated a bill that would have banned biometrics.
Daily Headline : Legal Issues
03/09/2010 - The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a background screening case in which 28 contract employees claim that the government’s screening policy is too intrusive.
Daily Headline : Legislation
03/04/2010 - New legislation would help the security industry bypass an energy efficiency standard it says shouldn't apply to security companies.
SM Online: Terrorism
02/26/2010 - A U.S. citizen who was wrongly accused of involvement in the 2004 Madrid train bombing and held for two weeks under suspicion of terrorism may not pursue his lawsuit against the government, a federal appeals court has ruled. According to the court, since the government already promised to destroy all surveillance materials and compensated the citizen monetarily, he had nothing left to sue over.
Daily Headline : IT Security
02/26/2010 - A company that verifies whether retail and other Web sites adequately secure customers' personal information has agreed to settle charges with the Federal Trade Commission that it misled its customers.
Daily Headline : Proprietary Information Protection
02/24/2010 - Open Source Software (OSS) is software developed collaboratively by people willing to share the code free of charge. The owners of the code do not object to its use, but some groups want use of OSS treated as piracy because they say it creates a mind-set that might lead to intellectual property theft.
Daily Headline : Surveillance
02/24/2010 - A 15-year-old student and his parents have sued a suburban Philadelphia school district after discovering administrators covertly snapped pictures of him while at home on his school-owned laptop computer.
Daily Headline : Hiring \ Employment Issues
02/18/2010 - A jury has found that a woman was wrongfully terminated after she gave negative information about a coworker during an internal investigation.
Legal Report: Crime
01/29/2010 - A new law (formerly S.B. 1856) establishes new rights for tenants who are being stalked or harassed by their landlords or employees of their landlords. Under the new law, such victims may be released from the terms of their rental agreement. If the victim wishes to stay in the property, he or she may change the locks on their doors without the landlord’s permission. If the harasser has left the landlord’s employ, the tenant must provide the landlord with a key to the new lock. If the tenant has a restraining order against the landlord, the tenant need not provide a key. In such cases, the landlord may enter the rental property in an emergency if accompanied by law enforcement or a fire official acting in his or her official capacity.
Daily Headline : Terrorism
01/29/2010 - Political opposition, the threat of terrorism, and security costs have begun to eat away at the Justice Department's decision to try the mastermind behind the 9-11 attacks and four co-conspirators in federal court in Manhattan, according to numerous media reports today.