Morning Security Brief: Guard Company Sued After Sexual Assault, Surveillance Laws, Presidential Thief Sentenced, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►A woman who was sexually assaulted on the job is filing suit against Electronic Arts, Allied Barton, and the security guard responsible for the attack. The guard, Raymond Nygard was sentenced to nine years in prison after pleading no contest to forcible copulation and rape. In her suit, the victim says Allied Barton and EA are responsible for the attack because they "controlled the premises where [she] was assaulted on each occasion and failed to keep the premises safe." The suit claims that the companies should have known that Nygard was stalking the victim from surveillance video that captured Nygard's harassment on three different occasions.

►Technologist Chris Soghoian explains how U.S. surveillance law treats types of communications differently. Police need a subpoena to get phone records, but a court order to get email records, for example. Soghoian says it doesn’t make sense to have different legal standards for essentially the same data from two different mediums. Read why on the ACLU blog and how surveillance law may apply to apps that let a person text message or hold phone conversations over the Internet.

►A man has pled guilty to stealing a van full of the President’s audio equipment. “A 2005 Ford van containing podiums and electronic equipment used by the president during public appearances was stolen from a Henrico County hotel parking lot in October 2011. The empty van owned by the Defense Information Systems Agency was recovered on the other side of town the next day,” the AP reports. Eric Brown, 49, was sentenced to seven years in prison.

►In other news, Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has launched an organization called Americans for Responsible Solutions to counter the gun lobby. ♦ Both Japan and China are expanding their UAV programs. ♦ And hot, dry conditions have wildfires raging across Australia.


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