October 2, 2013 |
For years to come, Sheriff Joe Arpaio can expect to have a federal judge looking over his shoulder, watching almost his every move and those of his deputies. A federal judge Wednesday approved a plan to place an independent monitor inside the Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff's Office to ensure the department is not racial profiling. Maricopa County deputies - once described by a Justice Department expert as conducting "the most egregious racial profiling in the United States" - will have every traffic stop monitored statistically and with video cameras, with strict orders to ignore suspects' race.
September 26, 2013 |
Holders of Chase bank's popular Sapphire credit card may be wondering why they'll soon be on their own when it comes to keeping fraudsters at bay. "Please note that ID Theft Coverage will be canceled," Chase has notified Sapphire cardholders. "All changes are effective Nov. 1, 2013. " That's a pretty significant reversal considering that identity-related fraud affected 12.6 million U.S. consumers last year and caused $21 billion in losses, according to Javelin Strategy & Research.
September 24, 2013 |
Thanks to abundant short sales, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase have exceeded by 50% the amount of help they pledged to struggling California homeowners when they settled foreclosure-abuse allegations 20 months ago. The three banks had promised to reduce the amount Californians owed on mortgages by $12 billion; they have provided more than $18.4 billion in relief, according to the monitor, UC Irvine law professor Katherine M....
September 18, 2013 |
Glendale school officials have hired a firm to monitor the social media postings of their students, apparently in an effort to learn about potentially dangerous behavior such as cyberbullying, suicidal thoughts, sexual harassment or drug use. The firm might turn up some troubling stuff, and even if it doesn't, knowing that Big Schoolmarm is watching might persuade some teenagers to show a little more caution about what they broadcast online, which would...
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September 14, 2013 |
Hoover High School junior Christopher Chung learned while scrolling through Facebook that his school was monitoring students' online activities. Christopher saw an article posted by a friend about the Glendale Unified School District hiring a company to screen students' social media posts. The school district had been doing so for about a year. "I heard rumors that GUSD was doing a little bit of monitoring - but nothing as official as this," he said. "The only way students were finding out about it was through social media.
September 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The National Security Agency admitted in documents released Tuesday that it had wrongly put 16,000 phone numbers on an "alert list" so their incoming calls could be monitored, a mistake that a judge on the secret surveillance court called a "flagrant violation" of the law. The documents are the latest to show that not only did the secret spy agency collect more data than most Americans suspected, its agents sometimes went too far...
September 8, 2013 |
MOSCOW - A Kremlin-backed candidate declared a narrow victory early Monday in the race for mayor of Moscow, apparently fending off a pack of rivals led by a leading critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. But an independent monitoring group questioned the results. Shortly after midnight Sunday, acting Mayor Sergei Sobyanin appeared before a crowd of several thousand supporters gathered in central Moscow and said that while the vote was close, he was confident that he had won. The Moscow Election Commission said that, with three-quarters of the votes counted, Sobyanin was leading opposition figure Alexei Navalny, 51.5% to 27.1%.
September 6, 2013 |
Apple must pay for an independent antitrust monitor as part of a permanent injunction handed down on Friday by a federal court in New York. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote also ruled that Apple could not strike deals with five major publishers if the terms would limit the ability to offer discounts. Those publishers, which had been accused of being co-conspirators in the case, had previously settled before Apple's case went to trial this summer. PHOTOS: Biggest tech flops of 2013 -- so far The injunction is set to last five years but could be extended if Apple is found to be in noncompliance with the terms.
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August 28, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Improved government accountability and transparency were the focus of several bills that Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Wednesday. One directs the Department of Finance to guide monitors of state agencies to ensure they are independent and objective in scrutinizing agency operations. State agencies have been required to have independent monitors keeping an eye on accounting and administrative practices since 2011. Assembly member Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) said his bill, AB 117, would help flesh out the role such monitors play.
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August 28, 2013 |
Glendale school officials have hired a company to monitor and analyze students' public social media posts, saying it will help them step in when students are in danger of harming themselves or others. After collecting information from students' posts on such sites as Facebook, Instagram , YouTube and Twitter, the Hermosa Beach company, Geo Listening, will provide Glendale school officials with a daily report, the Glendale News-Press reported this week. The report will categorize posts by their frequency and how they relate to cyber-bullying, harm, hate, despair, substance abuse , vandalism and truancy, according to the newspaper.