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Morning Security Brief: No Supreme Court Review of NSA Case, Ricin Letter Link, and More

- The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a review of ruling on government access to phone records. A link has emerged between the shut-down of the Silk Road contraband Web site and a letter containing Ricin sent to the White House. The director of national intelligence has released a high court document authorizing the collection of communications records.

Privacy

- New York’s high court has ruled that an employer’s around-the-clock tracking of an employee’s movements was unreasonable. The court ruled that while an employer can track an employee’s movements without a warrant in some cases, the tracking was excessive in this specific case.

Criminal Records Restrictions

- As the list of state and local laws related to ex-offenders continues to grow, companies must thoroughly assess whether they are complying with legal restrictions.

Morning Security Brief: “Stand Your Ground” Laws Analyzed, Al Qaeda Official Killed, Cost of Sexual Assaults, and More

- “Stand Your Ground” laws draw fire after the Zimmerman verdict, Al Qaeda’s Yemen-based branch announces that its second in command was killed by a U.S. drone strike, and a RAND report says that sexual assault in the military cost the United States billions last year.

Morning Security Brief: Border Security, Cloud Forensics, and Trade Secret Theft

- The Senate passed border security provisions as part of the immigration reform bill, a computer security group announces efforts to establish best practices on forensic investigations in the cloud, and the U.S. Department of Justice has charged a Chinese wind turbine manufacturer with theft of trade secrets from a U.S. company.

U.S. Supreme Court Favors Employers in Discrimination Rulings

- The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that employees must meet a strict burden of proof when alleging retaliation and has defined who is a “supervisor” in sexual harassment cases.

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.

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.

Morning Security Brief: Monster Tornado Hits Oklahoma, Court to Hear Whistleblower Case, and More

- A tornado hit Oklahoma yesterday afternoon leaving dozens dead, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a whistleblowing case, and a Senate committee approves fingerprinting for foreigners leaving the United States.

Morning Security Brief: Wiretap Laws, Online Background Checks, Diamond Heist Arrests, and More

- The Obama administration favors an FBI plan to overhaul U.S. surveillance laws, which supporters say would bring them up to date with the Internet age. Some online companies have been warned that the background checks they provide may violate the U.S. Fair Credit Reporting Act. Arrests have been made in a $50 million diamond heist that occurred in February. And more.

Drug Dogs

- The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that training and testing records support a drug dog’s reliability in establishing probable cause for a search. The dog’s alert was one part of the totality of circumstances that allowed the search to go forward.

Senate Holds Hearing on Drones

- Witnesses at a Senate subcommittee hearing on the use of drones as a counterterrorism tool told lawmakers that, while useful, the drone program should have stringent oversight.

Morning Security Brief: Court Rules on Drug Dogs, Visa Fraud Bill Introduced, and CIA Told to Release Drone Records

- The Supreme Court limits the role of police dogs in searches, a new Senate bill targets visa fraud, and a federal court has ruled that the CIA must release documents on its drone program.
 




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