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Morning Security Brief: International Poll Watchers, Suspicious Packages at Polling Place, Chinese Cyberattacks, and More

- A round-up of security issues related to polling.

Supreme Court to Rule on the Use of Drug Dogs

- The U.S. Supreme Court will hear two cases involving the use of dogs to sniff out narcotics. In the cases, the Court is determining whether dogs can be used to ferret out drugs inside a private residence and what credentials are necessary to prove that a drug dog is properly trained.

Government Takes Steps to Address Discrimination Against Pregnant Employees

- A new bill would require employers to accommodate the limitations of pregnant workers and the EEOC makes pregnancy discrimination a key part of it’s strategic plan for 2012-2016.

Legal Report

- Courts issue decisions on hostile work environments and whistleblowers. Lawmakers consider bills on economic espionage and transportation.

FTC Settles with Companies for Spying on Rental Computers

- The FTC has come to an agreement with seven computer rental companies and a computer software company for allegedly spying on rental customers.

Whistleblower Bills Would Protect Private Sector Employees

- Two bills introduced in Congress last week would extend protection to whistleblowers who expose mismanagement, fraud, or abuse in the private sector.

Court Rules that Mental Health Check is a Medical Exam Under the ADA

- In a precedential case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has ruled that a mental exam is treated the same as a physical exam under the ADA.

Legal Report

- Courts announce decisions on concealed weapons, detention of terrorism suspects, and healthcare privacy, while lawmakers consider bills on border security, counterfeit drugs, and campus security.

Money Laundering Prevention: Deterring, Detecting, and Resolving Financial Fraud

- Turner accurately and succinctly explains this form of criminal operation.

Government Finalizes Privacy Settlement with Facebook

- The FTC has finalized a settlement with Facebook over charges that the social media giant deceived the public by telling them they could keep their Facebook information private and then disseminating that information.

New Bill Would Limit Criminal Background Checks

- A bill (H.R. 6220) introduced by Rep. Hansen Clarke (D-MI) would prohibit employers from asking about or checking an applicant’s criminal record until a conditional offer of employment has been made.

Encrypted Data

- The government may compel an individual to reveal the password to an encrypted hard drive if the government is already aware of what material resides in the hard drive, an appellate court has ruled.

Cybersecurity Legislation Revised in Light of Opposition

- Sen. Joe Lieberman has revised a bill to make mandatory cybersecurity provisions optional. Lieberman submitted the revised bill in hopes of getting Senate approval.
 




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