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Corruption

- The Global Corruption Barometer 2013 from Transparency International spotlights the prevalence of bribes when interacting with public officials and services.

9-11

- A lawsuit brought by families of victims killed on 9-11 against various organizations that provided material support to al Qaeda has been dismissed by a federal appeals court. The court ruled that the plaintiffs did not have grounds to bring the lawsuit, in part because they could not prove that the organizations’ actions were the proximate cause of the victims’ injuries.

Trade Secrets

- A jury has found David Nosal guilty of trade secret theft, conspiracy, and violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) after he used his employer’s confidential information to start his own business.

Marijuana

- There is no employment protection for marijuana users in Colorado, according to a state appeals court. Even though recreational and medical marijuana use is now legal in the state, employees who test positive for off-duty marijuana use can be fired from their jobs.  

Loss Prevention

- Changing Retail, Changing Loss Prevention, a new report from the Centre for Retail Research, summarizes global retail crime and loss prevention trends since 2001. It is based on annual Global Retail Theft Barometer publications produced by the Centre and sponsored by Checkpoint Systems, Inc. 

Data Brokers

- The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has sent warning letters to 10 data brokers after an investigation indicated that they might be willing to sell personal information in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).

Security Screening

- A federal appeals court has ruled that warehouse employees may pursue a lawsuit against their company to receive payment for the time spent undergoing security screenings at the end of their shifts.

Cybersecurity Framework

- The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will be holding more workshops on the cybersecurity framework it is developing with the help of the private sector. Read the initial analysis of comments to find out what industry leaders and organizations are saying the framework should include.

Background Checks

- A federal district court has ruled that an employee who was incorrectly linked to a negative background check may not pursue a class action lawsuit against the consumer reporting agency that conducted the check. The court found that the lawsuit was too broad because the plaintiff could not prove that most negative checks were inaccurate.

Biometrics

- The Center for Global Development released a study in January looking at 160 cases where biometrics have been used in developing countries. Learn more about how biometrics have been used as an identifier in voting systems, national ID databases, and more.

Drug Testing

- A federal court has ruled that a steel manufacturing company’s random drug and alcohol screening program is not discriminatory. Given the dangerous nature of the work involved, the court ruled that the program was necessary to maintain a safe work environment.

Central America

- This comprehensive study from the United Nations Office of Drug and Crime, Transnational Organized Crime in Central American and the Caribbean, examines trends in violence and the drug trade in Central America.

Drones

- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has ruled that the CIA must turn over documentation regarding its drone program.
 




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