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Press Release: SAVER Program Reports Now Available for Download

On February 6, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced that reports produced by the System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders (SAVER) Program are now available for download on the S&T Web site, a one-stop shop for resources to help responders make better purchasing decisions.  The goal of the SAVER Program is to provide cost and time savings to federal, state, and local responders as they decide which equipment to purchase.

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New FBI Wanted App: Making It Easier to Find Fugitives and Missing Persons

The just-released FBI Wanted mobile app allows the public to view, search, sort, filter, and bookmark the full range of information issued by the FBI, including pictures and descriptions of wanted fugitives, missing persons, crime suspects, deceased victims, and others the Bureau is seeking to locate or identify. The free app works on Apple and Android devices, including smartphones, iPads, and iPods. The FBI hopes that the public will use the information in the app to help solve cases and return missing persons to their homes.

 

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Center Arms Deputies With Data to Fight Crime

Personnel at the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office’s Criminal Intelligence Center in Dayton, Ohio, analyze data in almost real time to support area law enforcement, and the center is an invaluable resource to local departments.  For example, one local law enforcement agency relies on the center particularly on lengthy investigations that require detectives to put all the players together in complicated cases.  

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License Plate Reader Policy Development Template for Use in Intelligence and Investigative Activities

License Plate Reader Policy Development Template for Use in Intelligence and Investigative Activities is designed specifically for law enforcement entities and fusion centers to assist their efforts in developing and implementing comprehensive privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties policies regarding the use of automated license plate readers (ALPRs or LPRs) in intelligence and investigative activities.  Developed by state, local, and federal law enforcement practitioners with LPR expertise and privacy subject-matter experts, the provisions of the LPR Policy Template are intended to be incorporated into agency operational policies and day-to-day operations. Each section represents a fundamental component of a comprehensive policy that includes baseline provisions on LPR information collection; information quality; access and disclosure; redress; security, retention, and destruction; accountability and enforcement; and training. Sample language is provided for each recommended provision, as well as appendices that contain a glossary of terms and definitions, citations to federal and case law, and a draft model policy. 

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House Passes Bill Requiring Warrants for E-Mail Searches

On February 6, 2017, the House passed a bill aimed at modernizing the United States’ aging law covering law enforcement access to e-mails and other stored files.  The current law, known as the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, allows law enforcement to access any stored files without a warrant if such material is left on a third-party server for more than 180 days.  But that law was passed in 1986—three years before the invention of the Internet—when computer owners did not have the same systems as modern users, such as cloud hosting, Webmail, and online photo galleries.  The Email Privacy Act alters the previous rule to universally require warrants for such information. The same bill cleared the House in 2016 on an overwhelming 419-0 vote, but it stalled in the Senate.  

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States call for collaboration with federal government on cybersecurity

With a new presidential administration in town, the chairman and vice chairman of the National Governors Association called for more collaboration between the federal government and states on cybersecurity.

 

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, NGA’s chair, said governors across the nation are ready to work with the Trump administration and the 115th Congress on issues like cybersecurity and more over the course of 2017.

 

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NIST Seeks Input on Trusted Identities Guidance

The government’s research agency for digital security is releasing the latest draft of its digital authentication guidelines for public comment.

 

The draft guidance from the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology essentially focuses on best practices for ensuring people and machines are who they say they are online.

 

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How cyber info sharing helps keep the lights on

  • By Sean D. Carberry
  • Feb 01, 2017
Shutterstock image (by gyn9037): High voltage towers, electricity infrastructure. 

Public-private cyber threat information sharing is critical to keeping the lights on, representatives of the electricity sector told members of Congress.

 

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State and Local Govs Need to Improve Data Sharing, Big Data Use

 

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Like their federal counterparts, state and local agencies have made great strides in acquiring and using big data — but they still have a long way to go, according to a source in the industry.

 

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