01/24/2008 - An new Arizona law (formerly S.B. 1042) amends existing data security statutes to include breaches of data maintained by law enforcement agencies. Prior to S.B. 1042, which requires that businesses in the state conduct an investigation after a breach of data security and notify those customers affected by the incident, law enforcement agencies were not exempt. Under the new law, the state department of public safety, county sheriff’s offices, and municipal police departments must develop an information security policy that includes notification procedures in case of a data breach.
01/24/2008 - Despite police efforts to stamp out La Cosa Nostra in Italy, it seems to survive—and thrive, accounting for 7 percent of Italy’s GDP, says the Italian business association Confesercenti. (The report is in Itailian.) Read the Italian banking association’s report on surging bank robberies, also in Italian, here.
12/17/2007 - A Senate bill (S. 2060) introduced by Sen. Harry M. Reid (D-NV) would allow local law enforcement officers to carry weapons onto commercial aircraft. The officers would have to be full-time municipal, county, or state law enforcement officers. The officers would not have to be on duty to carry a weapon.
12/17/2007 - Conventional wisdom holds that terrorism preparedness is best when information is obtained at the local level and shared at the regional level and beyond. Three analysts from the U.S. Department of Justice contend that this model meshes well with community policing, in which law enforcement prevents crime by partnering with members of the community and sharing information with various local role players as well as with regional and state police. Thus, they say, community policing has the potential to incorporate a formidable antiterrorism component. "Connecting the Dots for a Proactive Approach," by Matthew C. Scheider, Robert E. Chapman, and Michael F. Seelman, is at SM Online.