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SM Online October 2016


Tasers can be a useful law enforcement tool, but they are also implicated in health risks. When are Tasers best used? A new landmark study​, released by the state of Connecticut, begins to explore that question through an extensive examination of how Tasers were used over the course of one full year. A Connecticut law requires police officers to document each incident in which a Taser is used and law enforcement agencies must report all incidents to a state agency. The study, Electronic Defense Weapon Analysis and Findings 2015, is based on data submitted by 79 police departments in 2015.


Business email compromise scams have affected more than 2,000 victims globally and cost nearly $21.5 million. And they’re not going away anytime soon, according to an FBI public service announcement. ​


Did you ever wonder if you’re getting more or less email than others? Email users sent and received more than 205 billion emails in 2015, with business email users sending and receiving approximately 122 per day, according to research​ by The Radicati Group, Inc.


Extremist groups could take advantage of the mass migration to Europe, according to a Human Rights Watch report. The flow of migrants is considered a security weakness by the EU border agency Frontex. But while extremist organizations such as ISIS are not interested in radicalizing the refugees themselves, they do want to keep the flow of migrants moving into Europe, notes a European Union Institute for Security Studies report​


IFCO Systems will pay $202,200 and other relief to settle one of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s first lawsuits​ alleging sex discrimination based on sexual orientation. 


What will the greatest global risks be in over the next 18 months? The next 10 years? A report from the World Economic Forum explores this question. Among the top concerns are large-scale voluntary migration, climate change, and water crises. ​


Russia’s State Duma passed legislation​ that introduces a prison sentence of up to one year for failing to report a terrorist act or armed mutiny in the planning stages. The legislation, called the Yarovaya Law, creates several new measures to combat terrorism, including making it a criminal offense for failing to report a terrorist attack or armed rebellion.


Saratoga Springs, New York, updated its surveillance system to keep residents and visitors to this historic town safe. Watch a video​ to learn more about the project.