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November 2020 SM Online

FACIAL RECOGNITION
Pre-pandemic facial recognition algorithms are frequently stymied by face masks, but some systems are less impacted than others, according to the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology.

COUNTERTERRORISM
Family ties can be an effective deradicalization and counterterrorism method, according to the Observer Research Foundation.

REMOTE WORK
A quarter of Gen Z Americans said they will be worse off when the pandemic is over, according to recent research.

HOUSES OF WORSHIP
Paula Ratliff offers a sample security survey form for houses of worship.

RADICALIZATION
As people worldwide stay at home to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, radicalization risks are on the rise, especially for young people.

RETAIL LOSS
Multichannel sales are a growing area of concern for loss prevention professionals, according to the 2020 National Retail Security Survey.

COUNTER-NARRATIVES
Some narrative approaches defuse radicalization better than others, a June 2020 report found.

SEXUAL ABUSE
Following a two-year grand jury investigation, the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General published a report detailing widespread sexual abuse of children within six dioceses of the Catholic Church.

EXTREMISM
Radical extremists are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic for recruitment purposes.

BLACK FRIDAY
Online sales hit a new record for Black Friday weekend in 2019, according to the National Retail Federation

CYBER-FRAUD
The Bank of Ireland was fined 1.7 million ($1.9 million) for regulatory breaches and for misleading a regulator.

RETAIL RETURNS
In its 2019 Consumer Returns in the Retail Industry, Appriss Retail reported that returned merchandise that year in the United States was valued at $309 billion, with $41 billion of that stemming from online purchases.

ONLINE PURCHASING
Retail Systems Research investigated the pros and cons of online purchasing with store pickup and/or store returns.

FRAUD
Daimler AG and multiple U.S. agencies agreed to a $1.5 billion settlement over the car manufacturer’s emissions fraud.

SICK LEAVE
A U.S. District Court in New York invalidated parts of a U.S. Department of Labor Rule, expanding employee eligibility for COVID-19 emergency and other paid leave.

TERRORISM
Pakistan’s Senate approved two bills related to combating money laundering and terrorist financing.

DISCRIMINATION
The U.S. Department of Justice determined that Yale University violated civil rights law by discriminating against Asian American and white undergraduate applicants during the admissions process.

FRAUD
McDonald’s sued its former CEO, accusing him of lying and fraud.

CORRUPTION
The wife of a former California congressman was sentenced for corruption.

NEGLIGENCE
A court upheld the $645,000 award to family of a man who died in police custody.

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