101st Edition - May/June 2013

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Super Saver Week: Register for ASIS Asia-Pacific 2013 Between 24 June and 1 July and Save Up to USD 395
 
 

Submit Your Abstract Now for ASIS Europe 2014 (Deadline: 8 September 2013)
 
 

Be a Speaker at ASIS Middle East 2014 in Dubai (Deadline: 15 July 2013)
 
 

Chapter News: ASIS Austria Chapter 2nd Annual Chapter Meeting 15 April 2013
 
 

Euro-Deputies Diverge on Data Protection Details
 
 

ASIS International 59th Annual Seminar and Exhibits
 
 

Making Plans to Attend ASIS 2013 - Add ASIS Foundation Events to Your Schedule
 
 

Dutch Law May Give Police Hacking Power
 
 

New CRISP Report Examines Situational Crime Prevention
 
 

Large-Scale Security Research Maritime Surveillance Project Prepares to Launch Exercises in Mediterranean to Demonstrate its Technology
 
 

A Few Good CPPs, PCIs, and PSPs Sought for Security Management Profile
 
 

Commission Calls for 'More Accountability' of EU Police Agency
 
 

Be a Sponsor or Exhibitor at ASIS 2013, ASIS Asia-Pacific 2013, ASIS Middle East 2014 and ASIS Europe 2014!
 
 

Mark your Calendars for the CSO Roundtable's European Summit
 
 

Hack the EU: IT Security Cuts Cause Concern
 
 

MEP Calls on the EU to 'Follow the Money' in Organised Crime
 
 

Criminals Prefer Virtual Currencies
 
 

Rise in Terrorist Attacks in Europe in 2012
 
 

MEPs Reject EU Passenger Data Storage Scheme
 
 

EU Police Agencies Reject Cost-Cutting Merger
 
 

Politicians Divided on 'Big Brother' Internet Laws
 
 

Olaf Leak Questions Legal Basis of Dalli Probe
 
 

High Prison Populations Result of Policy, Not Crime: Study
 
 

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a1Super Saver Week: Register for ASIS Asia-Pacific 2013 Between 24 June and 1 July and Save Up to USD 395

 

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a2Submit Your Abstract Now for ASIS Europe 2014 (Deadline: 8 September 2013)

 

The call for presentations for ASIS Europe 2014 is now open. Share your experience and knowledge by submitting a proposal for presentation before 8 September 2013.

 
The ASIS Europe Security Conference & Exhibition, will be held in The Hague, The Netherlands on 1-3 April 2014.

 

Abstracts on all security related topics are welcome. Particular topics of interest are: critical infrastructure protection, supply chain security, loss prevention, hotel security and soft targets protection, intellectual property, maritime piracy, terrorism, executive protection, internal theft and fraud, competitive intelligence, brand protection, physical security, cyber security, investigations, due diligence and global business issues. 

 
Commercial presentations will not be selected. Presentation slots are 50 minutes and should include time for Q&A. Only English-language presentations will be accepted.
 

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a3Be a Speaker at ASIS Middle East 2014 in Dubai (Deadline: 15 July 2013)
The call for presentations for ASIS Middle East 2014 is now open. Share your experience and knowledge by submitting a proposal for presentation before 15 July 2013.
  
The ASIS Middle East Security Conference & Exhibition, will be held in Dubai, UAE on 16-18 February 2014.

 

Abstracts on all security related topics are welcome. Particular topics of interest are: oil and gas security, offshore security, port security, critical infrastructure protection, supply chain security, loss prevention, hotel security and soft targets protection, intellectual property, maritime piracy, terrorism, executive protection, internal theft and fraud, competitive intelligence, brand protection, physical security, cyber security, investigations, due diligence and global business issues.

 

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a4Chapter News: ASIS Austria Chapter 2nd Annual Chapter Meeting 15 April 2013

   

On 15 April, the ASIS Austria Chapter held its second annual meeting at the FH Campus Wien. The event has been attended by 10 members and 4 guests.

 

We received a hearty welcome by Prof. (FH) Martin Lager and his assistant Mr. Kostic.

 

Prof. Langer then presented the security related studies at his institution. The first programme focuses on "integrated security management" and comes upon completion with a bachelor degree while the second one focuses on "risk management and corporate security" and comes with a master degree.

 

Prof. Langer also presented his paper about economic and industrial espionage. Several Austrian enterprises are engaged in the production of very specific technological products and procedure which require expensive and on-going R&D. Technologies which provide a competitive advantage and are therefore sought by competitors. Prof. Langer's department is also involved in research techniques to provide guidance to both the government as well as private entrepreneurs. There is also a good cross-border cooperation with state-run institutions in Germany and Switzerland to combat economic and industrial espionage.

 

After this very interesting presentation, ASIS Austria Chapter Chairman Werner Preining brought administrative issues to the members.

 

Werner Preining then continued with a presentation on "Assuring Business Competitive Advantage through Eavesdropping Mitigation". He started with the current use of e-mails and the reduced use of fax, touched the social medias and presented counter-eavesdropping strategies when using both land-line as well as cellular and smart phones. The use of VoIP as well as the benefit of encrypted mobile phones was laid-out. The presentation was closed by giving advises on how to behave when crossing international borders and being in the possession of data which might be of interest to the state of entry. Some mitigation advises were provided.

 

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a6Euro-Deputies Diverge on Data Protection Details

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are thrashing out the details on European data protection reform, with the latest debates split on provisions on "territorial scope."

 

The European Commission wants the legislation to cover non-EU entities that process data of EU citizens.

 

But a source close to the file told on 24 May the deputies are unable to reach an agreement on the detail of the scope.

 

MEPs focusing on the draft regulation met in Strasbourg on 22 May in a closed-session event in one of many attempts to whittle down the thousands of amendments.

 

They want to converge the Parliament's final draft before it goes to an orientation vote in the civil liberties committee, possibly in early July.

 

The Regulation aims to increase the fundamental rights of EU citizens by harmonising data protection guarantees across the EU under a single law.

 

UK Liberal MEP Baroness Sarah Ludford argued that companies in the EU which cater only to non-EU residents should be exempt from the Regulation, says the source.

 

When questioned on the exemption, Ludford told that there is a need to "get legal clarity on which individuals are covered by the proposed Regulation, whether it is people when they are present in the EU or those outside the EU." She noted such clarity does not "seem to exist, which is a very bad way to make legislation."

 
 
Source: EU Observer 

 
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a7ASIS International 59th Annual Seminar and Exhibits

  


Today's smart, strategic solutions mesh together all aspects of physical and logical security. ASIS 2013, the world's most influential security event, will deliver the forward-thinking security solutions and up-to-date intelligence security professionals need to face tough challenges, mitigate risk, and keep them at the top of their game. Join more than 20,000 of your peers in Chicago for the 'must attend' show of the year.
 

The colocation of the (ISC)2 Security Congress enables conference registrants of both events to take advantage of the education, exhibits, and various networking opportunities available.

 

REGISTER TODAY. Choose from full and single-day packages for access to sessions, events, and the exhibits, or free exhibits-only registration including admission to the keynote presentations (new this year!) when you register in advance. Team discounts, reduced government fees, and early-bird savings available.

 

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a9Making Plans to Attend ASIS 2013 - Add ASIS Foundation Events to Your Schedule

The ASIS Foundation holds two fundraising events each year in conjunction with the Annual Seminar and Exhibits-a golf tournament and Foundation Night. Both events offer excellent opportunities for networking with peers from all sectors of the security industry. This year's golf tournament will be held on Monday, September 23 at Harborside International Golf Center. Register and be teamed up with colleagues or submit a foursome. Either way - it is a great day of fun and a wonderful way to begin your ASIS 2013 experience in Chicago.

 

Foundation Night will be held on Thursday, September 27 on the scenic 99th floor of the Willis Tower, which is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Take in a 360 degree view of Chicago, including panoramic views of the lakefront and up to four states. The always festive evening will feature live music, delicious food and beverages, and an informal atmosphere to connect with old and new friends and colleagues. These events provide direct support for the Foundation, which is dedicated to providing high-quality and contemporary research and education opportunities that serve to enhance the security profession. Be sure to include these events in your travel plans!

    

a11Dutch Law May Give Police Hacking Power

The Dutch Government has proposed a new bill that would empower authorities to hack into people's PCs and servers, as well as install spyware, read their personal emails and even delete files, everything with the main objective of fighting cybercrime.

 

The proposed law, which was signed by Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch Minister for Security and Justice, would also allow investigators to break into computers and servers located abroad, if they were being used to block services.

 

According to critics, the proposed measures are unnecessary and dangerous. Besides, it will set a precedent that justifies such intrusions by Governments in repressive parts of the world.

 

However, Opstelten has explained that encryption is becoming an increasing problem for police. Online services, such as Gmail, Facebook and Twitter, have increasingly changed to encryption to improve people's online security.

 

Source: New Europe

 

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a12New CRISP Report Examines Situational Crime Prevention

The latest in the ASIS Foundation's Connecting Research in Security to Practice (CRISP) report series, Situational Crime Prevention and Supply Chain Security, authored by Harald Haelterman, PhD, provides a reference guide on how best to approach the introduction of situational crime prevention programme in a business environment.

 

The report focuses on situational crime prevention in domestic and international supply chains and presents a consecutive six-stage approach, emphasising the importance of addressing challenges early in the process and focusing on the selection of alternative measures to mitigate identified and acknowledged risks. 

 
This is the tenth report in the CRISP Report series.

 

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a13Large-Scale Security Research Maritime Surveillance Project Prepares to Launch Exercises in Mediterranean to Demonstrate its Technology

One of the largest industry-led projects of the Security Research programme is gearing up for technology demonstrations later this year in the EU's Mediterranean and southern Atlantic littoral areas to test the ability of public authorities to survey the EU's southern maritime border.

 

The idea is to create a "system-of-systems" environment where data and operational pictures can be seamlessly exchanged between a wide diversity of public end-users such as coast guards, environmental and fishery control agencies, navies, customs and immigration authorities in different Member States.

 

Known as PERSEUS ("Protection of European seas and borders through the intelligent use of surveillance"), the 48-month project was launched in January 2011 with a total budget of EUR 43.6 million, of which the EU is contributing 62 percent (EUR 27 million).  The project has 29 partners from 12 countries and has now reached its mid-way point.

 

After two years of study, industry experts involved in the project say they have a good understanding of how to structure the connecting "tissue" between all the players - and thus are ready to launch the technology's demonstration via scenario-based exercises along the EU's southern coastal waters.

 

"We have defined the contents, scenario scripts, dates and locations of the exercises we want to do, including the availability of national assets to be involved," Fernando Barbero Fernández, project coordinator for PERSEUS, told a DG-ENTR workshop in Madrid in March. "Thus, we now have a good idea of how the system-of-system operations should function."

 

According to Barbero, the project will launch its first set of four technical demonstrations in the latter half of 2013. Three will take place near the Canaries, Spain's Gibraltar area and the central Western Mediterranean, with each based on a different operational scenario. The fourth "horizontal" one will be designed mainly to test the ability of national authorities to internally and externally exchange compatible information with each other.

 

Source: European Commission - Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry.

 

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a17A Few Good CPPs, PCIs, and PSPs Sought for Security Management Profile

Each issue of Security Management features an ASIS board-certified professional. The short, monthly column profiles a certificant and provides insight into his/her career, personal motivations to earn their credential(s), and the benefits of achievement. Interested members or prospects can contact Marketing Manager Leigh A. McGuire for details.

a19Commission Calls for 'More Accountability' of EU Police Agency

A Commission official has outlined proposals designed to give Europol, the EU's crime intelligence agency, significant new powers.

Under the Commission plans the agency will be able to access all information held by the police, including evidence files on children, victims and witnesses.

Speaking on 7 May, Victoria Amici, from the Commission's Home Affairs Directorate, said that, if the regulation is approved, law enforcers in Member States will be obliged to "supply Europol with the information necessary for it to
fulfil its objectives".

At present, it is up to police in each Member States to decide what records are handed over.

The plan, said Amici, is for Europol "to truly become the EU hub for information exchange and analysis on serious crime" with a new regulation that "strengthens and clarifies the obligation for Member States to supply data".

Under existing rules, Europol can only process information on people "suspected of having committed or having taken part in a criminal offence" or "where there are factual indications or reasonable grounds to believe that they will commit criminal offences."

The new proposals will allow files on "victims, witnesses, persons possessing relevant information, as well as personal data of minors" as long as Europol decides "it is strictly necessary for preventing and combating crime".

The proposals will also see the newly-strengthened agency, based in The Hague, merge with the EU's police training college, currently based at Bramshill in the UK, and given extra EU funding.

 

Source: theparliament.com

 

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a23Be a Sponsor or Exhibitor at ASIS 2013, ASIS Asia-Pacific 2013, ASIS Middle East 2014 and ASIS Europe 2014!

 

  

 

 

 

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a24Mark your Calendars for the CSO Roundtable's European Summit

The CSO Roundtable will hold its European Summit on 16 December 2013 in Paris, France. The programme is being developed in partnership with CDSE, a French security services firm. Learn more about the issues that affect your company throughout Europe and network with senior security executives from around the region at this annual event. More information on the full programme will be available soon at www.csoroundtable.org.

  

a25Hack the EU: IT Security Cuts Cause Concern

A plan to cut spending on IT security in the EU diplomatic corps is causing concern among officials who handle classified files.

 

According to the European External Action Service's (EEAS) draft budget for 2014, spending on secure communications is to go down from €10.8 million this year to €8.3 million next year - a drop of 23 percent.

 

An additional one page memo gives more detail. It says the EEAS will slash funds for the so-called Solan secure network from €1.7 million to zero.

 

It will also cut investment on secure IT in its intelligence-sharing office, Intcen, from €700,000 to zero.

 

Its budget for secure phones and similar kit for EU diplomats overseas will fall from €647,000 to €487,000.

 

Among other measures, spending on Opswan - a network which connects the EEAS in Brussels with its satellite image centre in Torrejon, Spain - will go from €1.5 million to €774,000.

 

At the same time, it will spend €2.3 million more on private sector IT consultants.

 

Some of the measures make sense. Opswan is a back-up system which is rarely used. Private sector firms give valuable advice on whether EU systems are up to date with ever-changing threats.

 

But some of the decisions are causing worry. EEAS staff use the so called New Communications Network (NCN) to encrypt "restricted," "confidential" and "secret" files before sending them to and from their 140 foreign embassies as attachments in emails on the open Internet.

 

One EU contact said that instead of cutting back on IT security, the EEAS should be upgrading NCN. The European Commission created it in 2006 when its foreign delegations' main task was to oversee aid projects. But EEAS embassies have a more political role, making them into a target for hostile intelligence services. "NCN encryption is not up to standard and has never been accredited by member states' national security authorities," an EU source told EU Observer. "I am pretty sure that all the reports sent in from delegations in sensitive places, such as Mali or Lebanon, are being read by the Russians and by the Chinese," the contact added.

 

Source: EU Observer 

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a26MEP Calls on the EU to 'Follow the Money' in Organised Crime

Romanian MEP Monica Macovei has spoken about the importance of Member States "following the money" to help put an end to "criminal activity", "terrorism" and "money laundering".

Macovei, who is rapporteur on Parliament's dossier on the freezing and confiscation of proceeds of crime, also recognised the importance of closing tax havens or "fiscal paradises".

She told that EU level action in this area is needed because "legislation in each Member State is now uneven" and because "we are inefficient at confiscating the money resulting from criminal activities".

She said that according to the UN, €2 trillion was the estimated amount of criminal proceeds resulting from 2009.

"I think now the figure is even higher and we recovered only one per cent," she said, adding, "We need to extend and apply the principle 'follow the money', and to use more than criminal procedure, to use civil procedure for instance as it happens in the UK, Ireland or the United States."

Following the money is one of three types of confiscation proposed in the report. The first, the Romanian MEP explained, is "confiscation in criminal cases following a criminal conviction".

The second category, she said, is extended confiscation, which goes further and allows a judge to assess whether a criminal's assets have been gained through illegal means and, if so, they can confiscate them.

The final, which Macovei refers to as a "big battle", as "Member States don't want to go so far", is that of confiscation without a criminal conviction.

However, Macovei is adamant that such action is required to tackle organised crime, and that the action is required sooner rather than later.
 

 
Source: theparliament.com 

 
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a27Criminals Prefer Virtual Currencies

Criminals are using bitcoins and other unregulated digital currencies as a payment method of choice when blackmailing companies following a data breach.

 

Belgian-based Buy Way Personal Finance told on 14 May that it is attacked on a daily basis.

 

But its largest threat came in January when a cyber criminal with the moniker Rex Mundi nabbed the personal details of over 500 potential customers and threatened to dump it all onto the net unless the company forked out €20,000.

 

Thierry Genard, Head of Compliance and Litigation at Buy Way, said that Mundi had asked to be paid in a digital currency.

 

Bitcoins appeal to criminals because they are anonymous and are not regulated.

 

The virtual currency combines cryptography and a peer-to-peer architecture and is transferred through a computer or a smartphone without any intermediary financial institution.

 

The combination means there is no central authority to oversee the transaction making it difficult for law enforcement to track the identities of those who use them.

 

Police investigators specialised in tracking down cyber crime are also uninformed.

 

"Around 80 percent of the policemen involved now in cybercrime, they don't even know about the notion of digital currency and bitcoins at all, so there is a big gap between the criminals and the people there to combat them," he said.

 

Source: EU Observer 

 

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a28Rise in Terrorist Attacks in Europe in 2012

Findings from Europol's latest strategic analysis product - the 2013 EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report - show how the total number of terrorist attacks and related arrests in the EU significantly increased in 2012, in contrast to previous years. This and other findings in the report describe a threat from terrorism that remains strong and varied in Europe. It continues to evolve from one posed by structured groups and networks to smaller EU-based groups and solo terrorists, while the Internet remains a key facilitator for terrorism-related activities.

 
The terrorist bomb attack at Burgas airport in Bulgaria, and the shootings by a lone gunman in France, claimed the lives of 14 people in 2012 and illustrate the serious threat that terrorism poses to the European Union and its citizens. Three other citizens also lost their lives to terrorism in 2012, in separate attacks in Belgium, France and Northern Ireland.

 
Meanwhile, increasing numbers of radicalised EU citizens travelled to regions of conflict to engage in terrorist activities. "There is growing concern about the threat posed by these people, given the possibility of their returning to the European Union intent on committing acts of terrorism", says Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol. In this respect the developments in the Sahel region are of major interest to the security situation of the EU.

 
The main figures for 2012 are:

  • 219 terrorist attacks in EU Member States (up from 174 in 2011)
  • 537 individuals arrested in the EU for terrorist-related offences (up from 484 in 2011)
  • 17 people died as a result of terrorist attacks in the EU.
  • 400 individuals in concluded court proceedings for terrorism charges.

Source: Europol

 

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a32MEPs Reject EU Passenger Data Storage Scheme

The European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee voted on 24 April to reject a proposed EU system of storing the private data of airline passengers along the lines of an equivalent US scheme, Euractiv reported.

 

Air carriers collect passenger name records, or PNR, data during reservation and check-in procedures for flights entering or leaving the EU, including the passenger's name, address, phone number and credit card details.

 

In February 2011, the Commission proposed obliging air carriers to provide EU countries with the personal data of passengers. This would be used to prevent, detect, investigate and prosecute serious crimes or terrorist offences.

 

The draft rule was rejected in Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee by a vote of 30-25. The Greens and the European United Left/Nordic Green Alliance voted the proposal down, with the support of most committee members from the Socialists and Democrats and Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe.

 

The European People's Party and the European Conservatives and Reformists groups supported the proposal.

 

The Greens welcomed the vote, with Home Affairs and Civil Liberties Spokesperson Jan Philipp Albrecht, saying: "MEPs have today voted to put the basic rights of citizens and the rule of law first by rejecting the proposed EU PNR system. This far-reaching system would have led to the mandatory retention and analysis of passengers' private data, flying in the face of EU principles on privacy and data protection."

 

Source: Euractiv

 

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a33EU Police Agencies Reject Cost-Cutting Merger

The European police college Cepol and the EU police agency Europol both formally rejected on 7 May a proposal by the European Commission to merge the two in a cost cutting measure.

 

Both agency chiefs and their boards expressed opposition to the idea at a hearing organised at the European Parliament in Brussels.

 

They argue the two agencies' core mandates do not overlap though they co-operate on some training issues relevant to serious crime.

 

Europol says the merger would affect its capacity to fight serious crime on top of its latest responsibilities to run the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3). The facility launched its operations in January without any additional funding for Europol's budget.

 

But the commission in its draft proposal in March says the merger would save an estimated €17.2 million between 2015-2020 and create "synergies and efficiency gains."

 

The UK-based police college would move into the Europol building located in The Hague, according to the plan.

 

"The terms of merger would have to be carefully assessed, certainly in terms of the resource impact it would have on Europol," said Europol chief Rob Wainwright.

He said it is important that any significant new task to Europol would need to be balanced with more resources.

 

Source: EU Observer 

 

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a34Politicians Divided on 'Big Brother' Internet Laws

Heated debate on online privacy law has re-emerged in Washington with the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Cispa) set to be the first bill on internet piracy to be adopted by the US Congress. Meanwhile, the European Parliament Legislative Committees started their formal debate on the controversial anti-counterfeit treaty Acta on 25 April. 
 

Cispa, which is being piloted through Congress by Mike Rogers, the Republican chair of the House of Representatives intelligence committee, would give government bodies the right to request personal data on suspects from companies and to send online security messages to businesses and utilities.

 

At the same time, Europe continues to wrestle with the Acta treaty, with the European Parliament's Legislative Committees divided on the controversial agreement, which seeks to co-ordinate global enforcement of laws on online copyright infringement.

 

As expected, British centre-left MEP David Martin has submitted his recommendation to reject Acta to the Parliament's International Trade Committee.

 

Martin, whose Socialist group stated that it expects all its 190 MEP group to oppose the treaty, wrote in an explanatory statement attached to his report that the "intended benefits of this international agreement are far outweighed by the potential threats to civil liberties." He added that he expected the European Commission to come forward with fresh proposals to protect intellectual property rights.

 

However, MEPs on the Parliament's Development and Legal Affairs Committees, which have drafted their own non-binding reports on Acta, have backed the treaty. French centre-right MEP Marielle Gallo, who also chairs the Parliament's Intellectual Property Forum, has backed the deal, as has leading Czech conservative Jan Zahradil.

 
 
Source: EU Observer 

 
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a35Olaf Leak Questions Legal Basis of Dalli Probe

A leaked report on the EU's anti-fraud office (Olaf) questions the legal basis of the investigation that led to former Maltese Health Commissioner John Dalli losing his job.

 

"It clearly describes in 22 or 23 pages what kind of mistakes and illegal actions were undertaken by Olaf," Belgian Green MEP Bart Staes told on 7 May.

 

Staes, who is in Malta along with French Green MEP Jose Bove, handed a copy of the leaked report to the office of Malta's Prime Minister.

 

"I think it ruins the Olaf investigation, it shows clearly that the fundamental rights of the accused have not been guaranteed, that the telephone records were not gathered on the right legal basis," said Staes.

 

The report was written by a member of a supervisory committee, composed of five independent outside experts, tasked to oversee that Olaf conducts its investigations appropriately.

 

To maintain its independence, Olaf is banned from taking or seeking instruction from any government, institution, body or agency in the performance of its duties.

 

But the speed at which the Dalli investigation was launched and the close proximity of people inside the commission to the file has led to suggestions that Olaf's independence from the European Commission may have been compromised.

 

Source: EU Observer 

 
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a36High Prison Populations Result of Policy, Not Crime: Study

Prison populations and overcrowding in Member States is linked to sentence length and not to the number of people incarcerated.

 

A study published on 3 May by the Strasbourg-based human rights watchdog Council of Europe says the most overcrowded prisons in the Union are found in southern and eastern Member States even though fewer people are sentenced when compared to Nordic countries.

 

One of the co-authors of the study, Dr. Marcelo F. Aebi at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, told that prison populations will continue to grow - even if overall crime rate is on the decline - if inmates have long prison terms.

 

More people on average are incarcerated in the Nordic countries than in Italy or Spain but serve much shorter sentences.

 

"The Nordic countries sometimes send twice the amount of persons to prison than in Spain," says Aebi.

 

But whereas Spain sentenced 38.2 percent of the inmates in September 2011 to sentences ranging from three to five years, Sweden handed out one to three year sentences in 33 percent of its final convictions.

 

Source: EU Observer 

 

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a37Global Agenda

24-27 September 2013 - ASIS 59th Annual Seminar & Exhibits - Chicago, IL, USA

 

3-5 December 2013 - ASIS 7th Asia-Pacific Security Forum & Exhibition - Macau, China

Super Saver Week: Get ready to register on 24 June - 1 July 2013 to benefit from a discount!

 

16 December 2013 - CSO Roundtable - European Security Summit - Paris, France

16-18 February 2014 -
ASIS 5th Middle East Security Conference & Exhibition- Dubai, UAE  

Submit your abstract before 15 July!


1-3 April 2014 - ASIS 13th European Security Conference & Exhibition - The Hague, The Netherlands

Submit your abstract before 8 September!
a38Professional Development

Webinars

19 June: Social Media & Cloud Computing Threats to Privacy, Security, and Liberty

17 July: Recognising and Assessing Suspicious Indicators

24 July: High-Rise Class "A" Security Service

 

Webinar Archive  

This month highlighting: Healthcare Security

Enhancing Safety and Security in Nursing Homes

Tasers in Your Facility: Balance Liability Against Threats

Active Shooters in Healthcare Environments: Protecting Patients, Staff, and Visitors


e-Learning 
 
This month highlighting: Traveler's Safety and Security Training and Strike Preparation and Contingency Planning: A Complete Management Guide.
 

Classroom Programmes

 

2013 at a glance.

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