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June 2020 SM Online

DISINFORMATION
The coronavirus pandemic is being used as a political weapon of disinformation by some states and bad actors. The European External Action Service (EEAS) offers an assessment of the problem

A report from the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine also discusses pandemic misinformation.

WORKPLACE CULTURE
The 2020 Workplace Culture Report from Emtrain traces the roots of workplace culture back to six core elements.

DRUG MISUSE
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) will add drug misuse to its 2021 High Risk List.

CYBERCRIME
The World Health Organization issued a warning in early 2020 that cyber criminals were disguising themselves as the WHO in an attempt to steal money or sensitive information.

FRAUD
The FBI warned that it had seen an increase in scammers leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic to trick victims.

STRESS MANAGEMENT
Two staffers at the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) conducted a survey to see how fatigue, frustration, and cognitive workload affected real-time tactical cyber operations.

HOTEL SAFETY
The American Hotel and Lodging Association, in collaboration with the Overseas Security Advisory Council created an assessment guide to provide security, safety, and health information to customers.

SMART TRAVELER
The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) allows U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

DISCRIMINATION
A U.S. District Court determined that researchers would not be violating the law in their attempts to test gender and race discrimination of online hiring platforms.

AGE DISCRIMINATION
The Jet Propulsion Lab agreed to pay roughly $10 million to settle claims of age discrimination brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

KIDNAPPING
A Pakistani court overturned the death sentence of British-born Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, who was convicted of the 2002 kidnapping and murdering journalist Daniel Pearl.

VACCINES
Germany ordered parents of all children attending preschool or higher grades to immunize them against measles.

NONDISCLOSURE AGREEMENTS
New Mexico enacted a bipartisan measure that limits the use of nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) in sexual misconduct cases.

BIOMETRICS
The U.S. Department of Justice published a final rule that empowers the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to collect DNA samples from certain non-citizens that the DHS detains.

DISCLOSURE
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency now enjoys the status of a “security agency,” akin to the FBI and the U.S. Secret Service.

RANSOMWARE
The National Institute of Standards and Technology issued two draft guidelines for businesses to create defensive strategies that would protect data against ransomware attacks.

WAGES
The New Jersey Labor Department issued stop-work orders for wage violations.

CORRUPTION
A former senior executive for Alstom received a 15-month prison sentence for conspiracy and bribery in Indonesia.

HARASSMENT
The University of Rochester in New York agreed to pay a $9.4 million settlement to end a sexual harassment lawsuit.

HATE CRIME
An Australian man accused of terrorist gun attack at New Zealand Muslim worship sites pleaded guilty.

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