Legal Report: ID issues \ Identity Theft
11/28/2007 - A bill (S.B. 117) that would have limited the use of Social Security numbers by companies has been vetoed by Maryland Governor Robert L. Ehrlich. Ehrlich noted that one provision of the bill would make it more difficult for citizens to do business with insurers. Opponents of the bill had argued that it would have prohibited companies from using the Social Security numbers of consumers on electronic transmissions even with the owner's approval.
Legal Report: International
11/28/2007 - The Ontario Court of Appeals has ruled that a libelous posting on the Internet causes more damage than a similar statement that appears in traditional print media. The appeals court increased the trial judge's damage award from $15,000 (Canadian) to $75,000 and added $50,000 in punitive damages. In increasing the damage awards, the court noted that Internet defamation is more pervasive and more dangerous to the reputation of those maligned because it is interactive and immediately available world- wide. (Barrick Gold Corporation v. Jorge Lopehandia, Court of Appeal for Ontario, No. C39837, 2004)
Legal Report: Hiring \ Employment Issues
11/28/2007 - (Reeves v. Safeway Stores, Inc., Court of Appeal for the State of California, No. H024375, 2004)
Legal Report: Physical Security
11/28/2007 - (Maheshwari v. City of New York, New York Court of Appeals, No. 54, 2004)
Legal Report: Legislation
11/28/2007 - A wrap-up of security legislation considered by the 108th Congress.
Legal Report: Legal Issues
11/28/2007 - Rulings on data security and religious discrimination; plus legislation on fire safety, security guards, and food safety.
Book Reviews: Best Practices \ Case Studies
11/28/2007 - An attorney and former police officer, the author is particularly strong on legal issues. He raises questions about the applicability of constitutional rights when private security personnel take action, an opportune inquiry at a time when the government looks to the private sector as a major homeland security resource.
11/27/2007 - U.S. companies must be cautious in dealing with foreign militia groups as the government cracks down on payment schemes.
Legal Report: Terrorism
11/27/2007 - Several new bills introduced by lawmakers focused on helping states respond to acts of terrorism. The bills would have established grant programs to help fund states' first responder activities; the bills also would have established grants for terrorism-related training and technical assistance for state officials.
Legal Report: Fire Safety
11/27/2007 - A bill (S. 620) that would have provided federal grants to install sprinklers or other fire suppression or prevention technologies in college and university dorms died in committee. The funds could have been used by public and private institutions to provide fire-safety equipment in all campus housing including sorority and fraternity houses.
Legal Report: Physical Security
11/27/2007 - Several bills introduced in the 108th Congress would have given companies tax breaks or incentives to purchase security equipment. Such equipment included physical security devices and fire-safety technology.
Legal Report: Privacy
11/27/2007 - One bill (S. 1350) considered by lawmakers would have required that companies victimized by an electronic security breach notify customers that their information may have been compromised. The bill, which was similar to one that took effect in California this year, was considered in committee, where hearings were held, but was not brought to a vote.
Legal Report: Port Security
11/27/2007 - Two bills were introduced to address port security issues. The first bill (S. 1400) was approved by the Senate but was not considered in the House. The bill would have established an integrated coastal-observation system with several goals, including fighting terrorism and monitoring storm activity. The system would also have collected data on the marine environment and ocean life. Another Senate bill (S. 193), which would have required that the Department of Energy evaluate radiation detection systems for use at U.S. seaports, failed to win approval in its Senate committee. The system would have been used to detect the presence of a dirty bomb being smuggled into the U.S. aboard a cargo vessel.