The Jewelers’ Security Alliance (JSA) has released its 2018 Annual Crime Report, which showed that dollar losses from crimes against U.S. jewelry firms decreased by 25.9% from 2017 to 2018, hitting record lows.
California could become the largest state to protect civil liberties by banning facial recognition technology in police body cameras. The California State Assembly sent Governor Newsom AB 1215, a proposal by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) that prohibits law enforcement from equipping body cameras with facial recognition software and other biometric scanners for three years.
Cybercrime campaigns and high-profile advanced persistent threat groups are shifting how they target victims and focusing more on intricate relationships with “secure syndicate” partnerships to disguise activity, according to the latest 2019 Cyber Threatscape Report from Accenture.
Facial recognition software marketed to law enforcement agencies shows it mistakenly matched the faces of one out of five lawmakers, 26 lawmakers total, with images in an arrest photo database, including Phil Ting’s, San Francisco, CA Assemblymember and proponent of the AB 1215. The bill, also known as The Body Camera Accountability Act, bans facial recognition and biometric surveillance in police body cameras.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott, in a meeting with statewide officials and members of the El Paso state delegation following the shooting in El Paso on Saturday, August 3, announced that the state of Texas will be providing more than $5.5 million in immediate financial assistance through the Criminal Justice Division (CJD) of the Governor's Public Safety Office for law enforcement agencies and the community of El Paso.
Congressman Roger Williams introduced The School Violence Prevention and Mitigation Act of 2019, which would establish federal grant programs for public schools to identify security risks and fix them and would appropriate $200 million for each of fiscal years 2020 through 2030.
A bill authored by U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) to give formerly incarcerated individuals a fairer shot at finding employment passed the House of Representatives, as part of a larger package related to military defense.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a plan to decrease police presence in the city’s schools by limiting the situations in which law enforcement will be allowed to respond to matters that arise on school grounds.
Our special feature this month highlights the Department of Homeland Security's newest agency: the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Also, this month we highlight the Leander Independent School District's data practices that protect student privacy. Security experts discuss video monitoring, cybersecurity for public-private partnerships, privacy and more.