Employee Need Not be Aware of HIPAA to be Guilty

A U.S. appeals court has ruled that an employee does not need to be aware of healthcare privacy laws to be guilty of violating them.

Morning Security Brief: Global Peace Index, Spy Planes in Africa, Apple Lawsuit, and More

The latest Global Peace Index results are published. The U.S. is expanding its worldwide surveillance network with secret bases in Africa. And more.

U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Guantanamo Bay Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to consider seven different appeals by prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, affirming the government’s detention of would-be terrorists.

NLRB Provides Advice on Social Media Policies

The National Labor Relations Board has issued a memo offering advice to companies on setting up a social media policy.

London Tells Hooligans to Turn in their Passports Ahead of Euro 2012

The London Metropolitan Police are planning house calls to designated “football hooligans” who haven’t turned in their passports ahead of Euro 2012.

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Taser Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a case involving police use of Tasers. In the case, a lower court ruled that police officers in two separate incidents engaged in unreasonable force when discharging their Tasers. However, because case law was not established at the time of the incidents, the officers were not necessarily aware of this fact. Therefore, they were protected from liability.

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Amnesty International Surveillance Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case challenging the amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which allow the federal government to conduct surveillance without a warrant.

A Clear View of Liability

Surveillance systems must overcome a hierarchy of nine deficiencies to improve their odds of defeating liability claims during lawsuits.

House Passes Appropriations Bill, Blocks Certain Programs

The House of Representatives has passed an appropriations bill (H.R. 5326) that provides funding for several agencies but blocks implementation and enforcement of several key programs, including those that deal with age discrimination and the use of arrest and conviction records in preemployment screening.

Compliance Program Protects Morgan Stanley in Corruption Probe

The government has declined to prosecute Morgan Stanley under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act after an employee engaged in a corruption scheme in China. The agencies found that Morgan Stanley’s FCPA compliance program was so robust that the employee had to circumvent numerous internal controls to commit the crime.

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