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Another Example HIPAA violation – Failure to deactivate a personal computer on the server

Another Example HIPAA violation – Failure to deactivate a personal computer on the server

$4.8 million – largest HIPAA settlement to date Source: Lexology Author: Davis Wright Tremaine LLP On May 7, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) issued a press release announcing that two health care organizations—New York and Presbyterian Hospital (“NYP”) and Columbia University (“CU”)—agreed to resolve charges that they potentially […]

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Holy See's bank troubles? Or are audits working?

Holy See’s bank troubles? Or are audits working?

Vatican bank reforms lead to rise in reports of suspicious transactions Vatican body attributes rise to keener vigilance prompted by reforms at scandal-ridden Institute for Works of Religion Source: The Guardian The number of reports of suspicious financial transactions at the Vatican leapt to 202 in 2013 from six the previous year, its Financial Information […]

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Ranking is a Core Value of Education

Ranking is a Core Value of Education

Why we need to rank professional educational institute Source: BusinessToday Author: Abhishek Agrawal Students should be at the heart of any education system. The education system should be build not only to award degrees and diplomas, but also to help students excel in their lives, especially in their professional pursuits. If taken holistically, this process […]

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OCC, FDIC and Federal Reserve Regulation and Policy Changes (May 2014)

OCC, FDIC and Federal Reserve Regulation and Policy Changes (May 2014)

Financial services update June 2 2014 banking agency developments OCC to Rotate Examiners On May 28th, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) announced it will establish a formal rotation program for all examiners and formalize an enterprise risk management framework that will involve developing a risk appetite statement, creating a decision-tree process, […]

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Los Angeles sues Big Banks over Real Estate Tax losses

Los Angeles sues Big Banks over Real Estate Tax losses

City attorney takes aim at big banks Source: latimes.com Author: Michael Hiltzik Much of what Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer alleges in his lawsuits against four big banks for their mortgage and foreclosure practices isn’t debatable. In his latest lawsuit filed May 30 against JP Morgan Chase, Feuer alleges that mortgage lenders swarmed into […]

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Department of Energy corporation violates Atomic Energy Act

Department of Energy corporation violates Atomic Energy Act

Report: Government violated laws to prop up struggling U.S. uranium enrichment firm USEC Source: washingtonpost.com Author: Steven Mufson The Energy Department, in an effort to prop up a troubled uranium enrichment company, arranged for uranium transfers that failed to comply with laws about fair pricing, national security determinations and limits to prevent the department from […]

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Prosecuting Leaks – An in-depth discussion of the Pros and Cons

Prosecuting Leaks – An in-depth discussion of the Pros and Cons

Why It Shouldn’t Be Criminal to Report Government Secrets Source: theatlantic.com Author: Conor Friedersdorf Prosecuting journalists imposes huge costs, yields scant benefits, and is mostly pointless in an era when anyone can reach a mass audience. Should the government be permitted to prosecute journalists for revealing classified information? Damon Linker of The Week has joined […]

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The Impacts of Corruption - Correlation Data and Policy Considerations

The Impacts of Corruption – Correlation Data and Policy Considerations

Working Group on Security and Corruption Source: http://carnegieendowment.org Systemic corruption has an unrecognized bearing on international security. Policymakers and private companies often pay insufficient attention to corruption when deciding what foreign and defense policies to pursue or where to invest. Greater understanding of the nature of acute corruption and its impact on global security would […]

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Example TCPA Violation – LA Clippers, $600k in attorney fees

Example TCPA Violation – LA Clippers, $600k in attorney fees

TCPA settlement: Clippers fans want tickets, not texts Source: lexology.com Author: Barry M. Benjamin and Jeremy A. Schachter The Los Angeles Clippers are in the news again: this time for an ill-advised promotional text message marketing campaign. Fans filed a class action suit against the pro basketball team in February 2013, after the team sent […]

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Report on Bevilles Jewelry - Insight into Retail Operations and Restructuring

Report on Bevilles Jewelry – Insight into Retail Operations and Restructuring

Valuable lessons from the Bevilles collapse   Source: jewellermagazine.com Author: Coleby Nicholson When Bevilles collapsed owing $14 million, and being the first major jewellery retailer to fail in 18 years, the chance to dissect a disaster was too good to pass up. The recent collapse of the 27-store jewellery chain Bevilles caught many by surprise, […]

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What countries supply critical raw materials? – Producers and Importers to the EU

What countries supply critical raw materials? – Producers and Importers to the EU

The European Critical Raw Materials review Source: europa.eu Author: European Commission – MEMO/14/377   26/05/2014 Raw materials are fundamental to Europe’s economy, and they are essential for maintaining and improving our quality of life. Recent years have seen a rapid growth in the number of materials used across products. Securing reliable and undistorted access of […]

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Common Franchising Mistakes – A checklist of things for Franchisees to think about

Common Franchising Mistakes – A checklist of things for Franchisees to think about

13 Mistakes New Franchisees Make — And How To Avoid Them Source: Forbes Author: Karsten Strauss On its face, opening a franchise may seem like a simple way to run your own business. But beware, rarely is business simple and in the franchise world the business is never really yours. Recently I had the chance to […]

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What is a common-crime charge? Or, How to lock people up without International pressure

What is a common-crime charge? Or, How to lock people up without International pressure

China hits activists with common-crime charges Source: DIDI TANG Author: Associated Press In prosecuting the country’s political and social activists, an image-conscious Beijing is shifting its tactics. Beijing is increasingly using public disorder charges to lock up those it considers as nuisances or threats to its rule, rather than filing charges of inciting state subversion […]

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Current ACSI score declines - Cable, TV, ISP; Mobile Satisfaction increases

Current ACSI score declines – Cable, TV, ISP; Mobile Satisfaction increases

Comcast, TWC haunt bottom of ACSI’s customer satisfaction index Source: Fierce Cable Author: Jim Barthold Potential partners Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) were cellar dwellers in both the pay-TV service provider and ISP category of the recent American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) of communications industries. Comcast nailed a pay-TV score of […]

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Hand Hygiene, Prescription Vigilance, UV-C equipment

Hand Hygiene, Prescription Vigilance, UV-C equipment

LMHS: What’s the latest on superbugs? Source: News-Press.com Author: Kathleen Welch The discovery of penicillin in 1929 was one of the greatest breakthroughs in medical history. Antibiotics have allowed science and innovation to progress into modern medicine: joint replacements, organ transplants and cancer therapy are just a few procedures dependent on the ability to fight […]

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US Consumer Purchasing – First Quarter 2014

US Consumer Purchasing – First Quarter 2014

Consumer Spending in U.S. Unexpectedly Declines Source: Bloomberg Author: Shobhana Chandra American shoppers dialed it back in April after spending at the fastest pace in almost five years. Household purchases unexpectedly fell 0.1 percent, the first decrease in a year, after a 1 percent gain the prior month that was the strongest since August 2009, […]

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Federal Wage Determination Tool

Federal Wage Determination Tool

Federal Wage Determination Tool   Federal Wage Determination Tool – http://www.wdol.gov/sca.aspx Federal Wage Determination Tool – look up by state, locale what is paid by the Government on its service contracts. See also FAQs about the Davis-Bacon and Service Contract Acts http://www.wdol.gov/faqs.aspx

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2014 worst company in america

2014 Worst Companys in America

Congratulations To Comcast, Your 2014 Worst Company In America! Source: Consumerist Four years since winning its first Worst Company tournament, Comcast’s doubted that the Kabletown Krusher could ever regain that 2010 form. But after a few years of letting others hold the title, Comcast was fiercely intent on bringing a second Golden Poo to its Philadelphia […]

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Meaning of the BJP / Narendra Modi election landslide in India

Meaning of the BJP / Narendra Modi election landslide in India

India’s Modi Claims Landslide Victory Source: Voice of America Author: Anjana Pasricha The leader of India’s Bharatiya Janata Party, Narendra Modi, claimed victory Friday as the right-wing Hindu nationalist party headed for the country’s biggest election victory in the last 30 years. With the ruling Congress Party conceding defeat, Modi is poised to take charge of […]

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Source: The Boston Globe Author: Globe Staff and Wire Reports

FCC proposed rules on Net Neutrality

FCC proposal on open Internet draws instant fire Source: The Boston Globe Author: Globe Staff and Wire Reports Federal regulators Thursday floated a new set of rules for the Internet that would guarantee open access but also permit service providers to charge extra to websites to have their content delivered more quickly. The split vote […]

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Health Plans: What is Reference Pricing?

Health Plans: What is Reference Pricing?

Health care caps pit quality vs. cost Source: TribLive Author: The Associated Press The Obama administration has given the go-ahead for insurers and employers to implement a cost-control strategy that puts a hard dollar limit on how much health plans will pay for some expensive procedures, such as knee and hip replacements. Some experts worry […]

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Mobile Loyalty and Customer Satisfaction findings

Mobile Loyalty and Customer Satisfaction findings

Study: Customer Retention in Mobile Industry Driven by Inertia Source: Stockhouse Author: WDS In a recent survey of 4,000 mobile subscribers a quarter said they stay with their mobile carrier because it’s too inconvenient to switch, according to a new study by WDS, A Xerox (NYSE: XRX) Company. The Mobile Loyalty Audit 2014, an annual […]

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Privacy Rights – EU vs. US perspectives on

Privacy Rights – EU vs. US perspectives on

Google Ruling: Freedom of Speech vs. the Right to Be Forgotten Source: WSJ Tech Author: Lisa Fleisher An EU court ruling on Tuesday saying that Google must scrub search results because of personal-privacy concerns might perplex Americans, and yet seem perfectly logical to Europeans. In the U.S., schoolchildren are taught that free speech is an inalienable right […]

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Who is / isn’t likely to cut off Cable TV

Who is / isn’t likely to cut off Cable TV

These Are the TV Shows More Popular Among Cord-Cutters Cord-Cutters More Likely to Visit NBC.com Than Average Internet User, Per Experian Survey Source: Adverting Age Author: Tim Peterson People who cancel their cable TV subscriptions may not miss their monthly bills, but they’re also not missing out on some of their favorite broadcast shows. These […]

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Reference - Comparison Table of Survey Methods and Possible Outcomes

Reference – Comparison Table of Survey Methods and Possible Outcomes

Marketing Surveys / Data Collection Methods – Compare / Pros and Cons With customer surveys and market research, the more information you collect, the better. But, different markets, methods, times, and demographics penetrate differently. The more channels you use, the more customers will respond; but, at what expense and with what certainty? Here is a […]

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Men on Mars. What do they wear?

Men on Mars. What do they wear?

Winning design for Nasa’s Mars space suit revealed This is the winning design for a new NASA spacesuit which will be made for use on Mars. The space agency asked for the public to vote for different designs. The winner was the Z-2 which got 63% of the vote. It will be built using 3D-printed […]

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What is an LPR? Privacy and license plate Cameras.

What is an LPR? Privacy and license plate Cameras.

Are license plate readers protecting the public or prying? As evidence goes, no one doubts it was crucial 10 days ago in helping nab Kansas City’s alleged “highway shooter.” Illinois license plate G86-5203. From late March to mid-April, the terrorizing shooter set drivers’ nerves on edge. Twelve cars hit, their metal bodies pierced or windows […]

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How much Data the Internet Generates Per Minute

How much Data the Internet Generates Per Minute

Internet Users Send 204 Million Emails Per Minute A lot can happen in 60 seconds. A decent typist can write approximately 80 words, the Wright brothers can make their historical first flight five times and YouTube users upload 72 hours of footage. While social media can create the sense that the Internet is a small […]

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The History of Health Insurance in America – Facts / Timeline

The History of Health Insurance in America – Facts / Timeline

How did America end up with this health care system? Pennsylvania in the late 1800s and early 1900s was an unsafe place to work, with a quarter-million recorded industrial calamities a year. So dangerous were the trades, and so gruesome were the accidents, that the chronicling of injuries suffered by workers became its own muckraking […]

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IRS and common Law test - Employee vs. Independent Contractor

IRS and common Law test – Employee vs. Independent Contractor

Employee vs. Independent Contractor Issue In the situations described below, are the individuals employees under the common law rules for purposes of the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA), the federal unemployment tax act (FUTA), and the Collection of Income Tax at Source on Wages (chapters 21, 23, and 24 respectively, subtitle C, Internal Revenue Code)? […]

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Brazil net neutrality law – Internet Communications are Inviolable and Secret

Brazil net neutrality law – Internet Communications are Inviolable and Secret

Brazil enacts Internet ‘Bill of Rights’ Brazil’s president signed into law on Wednesday a “Bill of Rights” for the digital age that aims to protect online privacy and promote the Internet as a public utility by barring telecommunications companies from charging for preferential access to their networks. The law signed by President Dilma Rousseff at […]

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Health Care Costs – Impacts of Medicare Billing Transparency

Health Care Costs – Impacts of Medicare Billing Transparency

What Big Data Can’t Tell Us About Health Care Jean Malouin, a family doctor in Michigan, woke up one morning earlier this month to an e-mail from a Washington Post reporter, who informed her that a vast release of Medicare payment data from 2012 had identified her as the highest female biller in the country, […]

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Journalistic Freedom – United States ranks 46th

Journalistic Freedom – United States ranks 46th

Biggest rises and falls in the 2014 World Press Freedom Index The 2014 World Press Freedom Index spotlights the negative impact of conflicts on freedom of information and its protagonists. The ranking of some countries has also been affected by a tendency to interpret national security needs in an overly broad and abusive manner to […]

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Status of Medical Marijuana and Legalization Initiatives

Status of Medical Marijuana and Legalization Initiatives

Legal pot faces myriad obstacles Delays raise tensions over medical use, sales, availability, more Drive down virtually any thoroughfare in Seattle and you are likely to pass several medical marijuana dispensaries. On Rainier Avenue, in southeast Seattle, the Northwest Cannabis Market sits between a fish store and an Italian bakery. A mile or so down […]

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Offshoring of jobs to Philippines – projections to 2016

There are Jobs in the Philippines

Industry Research : 372,000 BPO Jobs Seen by 2016 Business process outsourcing (BPO) firms are expected to create over 120,000 jobs annually in the next three years, addressing the problem of unemployment in the country, a lawmaker yesterday said. “Based on sectoral projections, we are confident that BPO firms will be able to add an […]

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Consumers likely to pay more because of Apple Samsung (Google?) Intellectual Property lawsuits

Consumers likely to pay more because of Apple Samsung (Google?) Intellectual Property lawsuits

Samsung tells court disputed Apple patents were developed by Google Samsung fired back at Apple’s accusations of patent theft Tuesday, saying the South Korean tech giant didn’t write any of the Android software on its smartphones and tablets, Google did. “Not one of the accused features on this phone was designed, much less copied, by […]

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Department of Energy grants for Nonproliferation R&D and Careers

Department of Energy grants for Nonproliferation R&D and Careers

Energy to Spend Millions on Improving Arms Control Verification Methods The U.S. Energy Department has awarded a multimillion-dollar research grant to explore new technologies for verifying foreign nonproliferation commitments. A consortium of universities will use the $25 million grant by the department’s National Nuclear Security Administration over the next half-decade to investigate, among other things, […]

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Only 25% of companies have conducted Customer Experience Audits across all touch points

Only 25% of companies have conducted Customer Experience Audits across all touch points

Industry Research : The State of Customer Experience Across Asia-Pacific and Japan In a new study on the state of customer experience across APJ (Asia-Pacific and Japan), the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council reports that only 26% of marketers surveyed believe their back office systems and operational structures enable their companies to live up to […]

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Likelihood of Negative Consumer Reviews – US vs. UK

Likelihood of Negative Consumer Reviews – US vs. UK

Industry Research : US Consumers Share Bad Service Experience More Than UK Counterparts New research from NewVoiceMedia reveals that US consumers are twice as likely to share a bad customer service experience than those in the UK; whereas Brits are more inclined to recommend a company following a positive interaction. Following an inadequate experience, half […]

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What is Repudiation? What is Rescission?

What is Repudiation? What is Rescission?

Repudiation vs. rescission Repudiation and rescission are not synonyms and these commonly confused terms often trip up non-native English speaking lawyers. Hi and welcome to TransLegal’s lesson of the week. Today we’re going to be talking about repudiation and rescission. These are commonly confused terms and I want to drive home the point that they […]

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Placement / Staffing Agencies – You may now raise your rates.

Placement / Staffing Agencies – You may now raise your rates.

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 39: Common Law Employees and Offers of Coverage on Behalf of Other Entities under the Final Employer Shared Responsibility Regulations Distinguishing employees who are full-time from those who are not takes up a good deal of real estate in final regulations published in the Federal Register on February […]

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Market Research Quality Definition – Criterion Validity vs. Construct Validity

Market Research Quality Definition – Criterion Validity vs. Construct Validity

The differences between academic and commercial research I am currently at an academic conference on mobile research in Cyprus, a WebDataNet event. I am a keynote speaker and my role is to share with the delegates the commercial market research picture.I really enjoy mixing with the academic world, and I am intrigued and fascinated by […]

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Administrative Simplification text of HITECH

Administrative Simplification text of HITECH

42 U.S. Code Part C – Administrative Simplification For purposes of this part: (1) Code set The term “code set” means any set of codes used for encoding data elements, such as tables of terms, medical concepts, medical diagnostic codes, or medical procedure codes. (2) Health care clearinghouse The term “health care clearinghouse” means a […]

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How does HITECH change / modify HIPAA - Summary

How does HITECH change / modify HIPAA – Summary

HHS ISSUES FINAL HITECH RULE Hope Levy-­‐Biehl, Amy Joseph, Steve Phillips, Karl Schmitz, Paul Smith HOOPER, LUNDY & BOOKMAN, P.C. The long-­‐awaited final rule implementing the privacy and security provisions of the HITECH Act has been released. The rule covers much the same ground as the proposed HITECH rule issued in 2010, but also includes […]

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Aging Population + ObamaCare = HealthCare Staffing Emergency

Aging Population + ObamaCare = HealthCare Staffing Emergency

Healthcare Staff Shortages? Here’s what hospital and healthcare system managers think is happening Healthcare workforce researchers and analysts have been arguing for the past couple of years over whether a dire physician shortage will materialize as predicted. Similarly, some are expecting a severe nursing shortage, but others insist the shortage may not turn out to […]

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Health Insurance doesn’t equal access to Health Care – U.S. Physician Shortage

Health Insurance doesn’t equal access to Health Care – U.S. Physician Shortage

Physician Shortage Is Estimated to Be Over 130,000 By 2015 AAPI To Advocate For More Residency Slots During Legislative Day on Capitol Hill With the beginning of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health insurance coverage is expected to expand to an additional 34 million people in the United States. The Association of […]

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Underutilized Government Land and Buildings

Underutilized Government Land and Buildings

Why the federal government wastes large amounts of property it often doesn’t even know it owns NPR has an interesting story on how the federal government owns large amounts of unused property. Often, government agencies don’t even realize they own the land in question: Government estimates suggest there may be 77,000 empty or underutilized buildings […]

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Connecting Linked In To Your Blog - Pros & Cons

Connecting Linked In To Your Blog – Pros & Cons

Should You Connect Your Blog to Your LinkedIn Profile? Many WordPress.com bloggers are already enjoying the benefits of connecting their sites to their social networks via Publicize. Sharing your posts on Facebook and Twitter might be a no-brainer — clearly, all your friends and followers want to read your latest piece of staggering wit. But what about […]

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Google Algorithm Changes and Life Cycles

Google Algorithm Changes and Life Cycles

A Visual History of Google Algorithm Changes [Infographic] In the beginning, Google’s search engine really wasn’t all that good. This was back in the late 90s/early 00s, when search engines were little more than keyword-matching and link-counting machines. Ranking high in search results could be accomplished by essentially using a simple, two-step procedure: Step 1: Stuff […]

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U.S. Surveillance – Insider Threat Planning – Automated Continuous Evaluation System (ACES)

U.S. Surveillance – Insider Threat Plannings – Automated Continuous Evaluation System (ACES)

U.S. intelligence officials to monitor federal employees with security clearances U.S. intelligence officials are planning a sweeping system of electronic monitoring that would tap into government, financial and other databases to scan the behavior of many of the 5 million federal employees with secret clearances, current and former officials told The Associated Press. The system […]