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Protecting Consumer Location Privacy The U.S. federal government could do more to protect consumers' privacy in dealing with mobile device location data, the Government Accountability Office says in a new report. The mobile industry associations and privacy advocacy groups have proposed voluntary practices to protect consumers' privacy while making use of customers' personal information in these location services. But mobile companies examined by GAO, the investigative arm of Congress, have been inconsistent in implementing these practices. "In particular," the GAO says, "the lack of clear disclosures to consumers about how their location data are used and shared means that consumers lack adequate information to provide informed consent about the use of these data. Consumers are therefore unable to adequately judge whether the companies with which their data are shared are putting their privacy at risk." The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy called for the report. (Source

Cinemark theater - negligent in failing to provide adequate security the night of the shooting in Denver? Two families of two of the 12 killed in the Aurora theater shooting have filed suit against Cinemark claiming the theater was negligent in failing to provide adequate security the night of the shooting. The suits mimic the two other suits filed against Cinemark. According to the complaints, the theater did not hire security guards for the midnight showing. Additional security personnel were typically employed by the theater only on Friday and Saturday nights. The lawsuits also allege that failure by employees to monitor the surrounding parking lots and a lack of security features on emergency exit doors enabled the deadly attack. (Source

Wal-Mart to pay for heart and spine surgery for U.S. employees Starting in January, workers and dependents enrolled in Wal-Mart's medical plans will receive free consultations and care for certain heart and spinal procedures along with travel, lodging and food for the patient and a caregiver. Wal-Mart's announcement marks the first time that a retailer has offered a national program for coverage of heart, spine and transplant surgery, though some other companies already offer similar programs on a smaller scale. Talk about caring. (Source

Wal-Mart expects $9B in global e-commerce sales next year Wal-Mart, No. 4 in the Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide, in the past has not released online sales forecasts. In comparison, Inc., No. 1 in the Top 500, had $48.08 billion in sales in 2011. That's one reason they kicked out Amazon's e-reader and the fact that some are predicting Amazon may overtake Wal-Mart one day not too far off. Where do all these online dollars come from? The brick & mortar's bottom line. Comparable store sales growth will continue to be a struggle in the on-grocery world. And now Wal-Mart is testing same day delivery just like Amazon. Wow what a battle to watch! (Source

iovation and Abercrombie & Fitch demonstrate how device reputation technology can stop online fraud
. The announcement was made today by iovation, stating that the two companies will be presenting at the upcoming Accertify User Conference in Chicago, IL. The presentation will reveal how Abercrombie & Fitch has used device reputation technology to achieve the lowest amount of chargebacks ever.  (Source

U.S. housing market is starting to thaw, but it could be two years before a full-blown recovery takes hold, Home Depot Inc Chief Executive Frank Blake said Tuesday. "It's starting to recover, but we're a long way away from true recovery," Blake, 63, told Reuters. As reported previously in the Daily, Home Depot closed all seven China stores and will be focusing on online sales. (Source

Future cyber attacks could rival 9-11 and cripple the U.S., warns Secretary of Defense Panetta The U.S. is facing a dramatically increasing threat from cyber attacks and a future attack on the country's critical infrastructure could have an effect similar to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks of 2001, the U.S. Secretary of Defense said Thursday evening. "Ultimately, no one has a greater interest in cyber security than the business that depend on a safe, secure, and resilient global digital infrastructure," he said. "To defend those networks more effectively, we must share information between the government and private sector." (Source

New security threat at work: Bring-your-own-network With the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend, corporate security is being further complicated by another emerging trend: bring your own network (BYON). BYON is a by-product of increasingly common technology that allows users to create their own mobile networks, usually through mobile wireless hotspots. Security professionals say BYON requires a new approach to security because some internal networks may now be as insecure as consumer devices. (Source

HS Brands International Opens in Italy and extends Loss Prevention into Europe HS Brands International (Service Sleuth and The Mershimer Group) opens another office in Italy. The Italian office will be run by Giuseppe Beatrice, President, Europe - South. "I am very excited to announce that HS Brands will have an office in Italy to expand our global mystery shopping and loss prevention business," says Beatrice. HS Brands International has offices in Boston, Las Vegas-USA, India, Turkey, Argentina, France and Italy. The Italian office will be based in Milan, Italy. (Source

Cargo Theft thief in Dallas gets 2 years plus 10 years probation: stole a trailer full of televisions. Yosvani Bacallao-Dominguez and two other suspects have now all been charged in the theft of a trailer containing 170 television sets. Bacallao-Dominguez faced one count each of engaging in organized criminal activity, theft of property of the value of more than $200,000 and theft of property of the value of between $20,000 and $100,000. (Source

Another Apple store - vehicle smash & grab in Kansas City this time. Around 2:30 a.m. a stolen car was smashed through the front window and a metal security gate of the Apple store in Leawood, Kansas. The unknown number of suspects grabbed what they could from the front of the store and fled within minutes. This is the second smash and grab robbery at this Leawood Apple store in the past two years. (Source

Today's Road Runners- copper thieves are cutting off phone and Internet service faster than crews can repair And AT&T is offering $3,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the road runners thieves. (Source

Serial shoplifter busted in New York linked to over a dozen thefts in three states Patricia Howard, 52, of Albany, NY, is being held in Saratoga County Jail on multiple charges of possession of stolen property and forgeries. She is also being charged with driving while intoxicated. So far, state police say they have linked her to at least 15 larcenies that involve taking the pocketbooks or purses of employees in retail stores, he said. Besides the eastern part of New York State, Howard has also been connected to larcenies in Massachusetts, Connecticut and western New York state, he said. That is what we’re able to find so far. We’re not sure how expansive her activities were. (Source

Armed Robbery of a Walmart in Tucson, AZ suspect was waving a gun at customers and employees. At 9:30 p.m. the suspect walked up to a cashier with his gun already drawn, as fellow associates and customers stood within feet of the armed suspect. The robber was yelling for the money and alerting the stunned onlookers to "look at the floor, don’t look at me." The cashier complied, handing over a bag of cash and the robber fled the store, no injuries were reported. (Source

Wallingford Police in the right place at the right time, arresting two Payless Shoe robbers. Police in Wallingford, Connecticut solved a robbery case of a Payless Shoe store in seconds, because the Police cruiser was in the same parking lot. The alert Police Detective watched the two female robbers in the parking lot prior to one going into the store and holding up the cashier. No weapon was found, and no injuries were reported. Both suspects now face first-degree robbery, sixth-degree larceny and conspiracy charges. (Source

OfficeMax shoplifter carjacks a get-a-way car in Manatee County, Florida. Manatee County Sheriff's office was quick to apprehend an armed gunman who shoplifted from the OfficeMax store. As an employee chased the suspect from the store, the suspect pulled a gun on a driver of a car and ordered the women to drive him away from the store. Police K9 Units were able to track the suspect and an arrest was made. Jacob Freeman is now being charged with grand theft, carjacking and burglary charges. (Source

Call for more Security as Michigan Auto dealers are loosing wheels and tires; $50,000 lost again last night. Another Ford dealer in Michigan was hit by tire/wheel thieves, following virtually the same plot as recent thefts in numerous other cities in the state. Thieves hit Ed Koehn Ford-Lincoln in Eureka Township, stealing tire/wheel from 6 vehicles. The thieves also stole a 2010 Ford cargo van to haul away the booty. As with the previous thefts, the cars were put on yard bricks while the tire/wheel were removed, and then the cars were dropped down on their brake rotors, causing damage to the bodies and wheel ends. (Source

What would you do with a half a billion dollars
? For one Georgia student, the answer was easy: return it. 22-year-old Allen Smith receives monthly Veterans Affairs dependency checks because his father served in the U.S. Air Force. The checks, which help him with college expenses, are usually made out for $650. This month's check was a whopping $690,000,000. Officials at Fort Benning say the check could have been a misprint, or the office had been hacked.  (Source

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Walmart Canada to grand-open 30 stores in October. Walmart will add two supercenter conversions and 28 new stores totaling 2.4 million sq. ft. of retail space. The new stores were former Zellers locations; 10 will be converted to supercenters and 18 will be Wal-Mart Canada discount stores. As of Oct. 31, the company will have completed 50 of the 73 real estate projects planned for the year, bringing the company's store count to 367 stores: 193 supercenters and 174 discount stores. (Source

U.S. home stores are "invading" Canada. From Restoration Hardware to West Elm, Crate & Barrel, Williams-Sonoma, and Bed Bath & Beyond, the recent frenzy over star-spangled stores has just taken off over the last few years with no end in site. In a $15.5B industry everyone is racing up there to get their part, and that means LP jobs. (Source

While the dollar stores have been booming in the US they just now started taking off in Canada and have become the fastest growing retail sector there. They're forcing mainstream merchants, ranging from discounter Walmart Canada Corp. to generalist Canadian Tire Corp., to step up their own dollar promotions. While dollar stores have been a looming threat for years, today they are becoming a bigger force as Canadian market leader Dollarama Inc. expands aggressively and U.S. rival Dollar Tree Stores Inc. ramps up its operations here after having scooped up a domestic chain. Where's Dollar General and Family Dollar? They've left the Canadian market alone. (Source

Canadian Retailers make a Big Push to hold off next year’s foreign attack. On the Anniversary one year ahead of the surge of American retailer hitting the shores of Canada, the Retailers are armed with big sales and discount hopefully to gain the loyalty of their customer base. Holt Renfrew & Co. Ltd. to Sears Canada Inc., Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. and Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd., merchants are touting their Canadian roots even though some of them aren’t domestically owned.  (Source

Canadians made 156,000 overnight automobile trips to the U.S. in July 2012, a 43% increase over July 2011, the largest ever. (Source


Port Hope, Ontario Razor blade thieves busted for nearly $7000. Police have a great lead on the second suspect that bolted from the Shoppers Drug Mart, they have his wallet that he left behind in the get-a-way car. Approximately 50 packages of razor blades were concealed in the suspect’s coat sleeves, the alarm went off at the door, but the suspects did purchase some legitimate items. (Source

Calgary Police investigate a violent convenience store robbery. The cashier of the store was attempting to cooperate with the armed robber’s demands, just not fast enough for the robber. The suspect pistol whipped the cashier several times, knocking him to the ground, then stealing the entire cash register drawer and fleeing the store.  (Source

Peel Police continue to investigate shooting at Sheridan Centre Mal
l. Peel Regional Police are investigating a shooting at Sheridan Centre Mall Wednesday evening. Officers cordoned off an area near the parking garage at the mall. There are no reported injuries, but officers have discovered several shell casings on scene.  (Source

Serial Shoplifter in Nova Scotia hits for over 30 times, targeting Oil of Olay
. Prosecutors stated that Melvin Murray Ferguson of Sydney was responsible for the theft of over $2000 of Oil of Oley products in just one week this past June. Police charged Ferguson with 30 thefts, he plead guilty to nice on Tuesday and has been sentenced to eight months in jail. Ferguson had 19 prior theft convictions on his record.  (Source

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Major identity theft ring busted in Spokane, Wash., after buying hundreds of thousands of dollars in goods with fraudulent credit cards Police arrested one suspect and expect there's a number of other individuals involved. Investigators said the theft ring racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars in stolen credit. The warrants were the result of a large scale identity theft investigation multiple agencies have been investigating since mid-September, 2012. The U.S. Postal Inspector, U.S. Secret Service, Social Security Administration, Spokane County Investigative Task Force and Spokane Police were all part of the raid. Detectives say they've recovered thousands of dollars worth of stolen material. Deputies say there are over 300 victims, from all over the country, and many are active-duty military. Investigators said the suspects were opening credit cards in other people's names. This investigation is on-going and additional arrests and search warrants are expected. The Sheriff's Office said they are looking into how the ring became so large. (Source

Two Shoplifter at Macy’s in Philadelphia head to court for robbery, theft and assault on a Loss Prevention Agent. Letitia Marie Parker and Eric Dawhite Hartage Jr faced a preliminary hearing yesterday in connection with the theft of $4000 worth of merchandise from the Macy’s Store in the Montgomery Mall. Defense Attorney’s argued for a charge to be dropped against Parker, the felony count of committing a robbery by taking property with deadly force, no weapon was found following the apprehension. (Source

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LAPD Deploys On-the-Fly Axis IP Video Surveillance Solution for Enhanced Situational Awareness as NASA Shuttle makes Final Landing

HDTV-quality pan/tilt/zoom cameras to be deployed using "leap-frog" strategy and will transmit video via temporary wireless mesh network along Mission 26 route

CHELMSFORD, Mass. – October 11, 2012 – After logging nearly 123 million miles in flight, the space shuttle Endeavour will travel its final 12 miles on the ground through the streets of Los Angeles where it will dock one last time at the California Science Center (CSC). During this historic and unprecedented transport of the space shuttle, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) will rely on Axis Communications IP video surveillance cameras transmitting over a unique wireless mesh network to safeguard the downtown route and protect NASA’s national treasure with enhanced, HDTV-quality situational awareness.

On Friday, Oct. 12, Endeavour will embark on the "Mission 26: The Big Endeavour" road-trip to retirement, which is a two-day, 2 mph journey from Los Angeles International Airport across the 405 Freeway and through the streets of L.A. to arrive at the CSC on Saturday, Oct. 13, where it will be on display starting Oct. 30.

During the journey, residents are encouraged to watch Endeavour’s final trip from private lawns, inside businesses and along side-streets, as well as attend special viewing celebrations throughout the city, including at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 8 a.m. PT, and then later that day near the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza shopping mall around 2 p.m. PT.

The primary challenge in securing an event of this magnitude is that many of the security needs from a technology perspective are mobile and temporary. To cover the expansive 12-mile route in a cost-effective way, the LAPD will construct a wireless mesh network on the fly and deploy HDTV-quality pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) Axis IP surveillance cameras using a “leap-frog” approach: As the shuttle passes beyond the first camera’s field of view, it will be uninstalled and then reinstalled at the front of the surveillance network to continue the chain.

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"Crowd and traffic control around major events bring about unique challenges, especially when it’s a once-in-a-lifetime event like this," said Michael Downing, deputy chief of the Los Angeles Police Department and commanding officer of LAPD's Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau. "Relying on Axis’ surveillance technology as we’ve done for many of the city’s biggest events removes typical IT and surveillance obstacles often present with critical yet impromptu security applications. With these worries eliminated, we can focus on our job: making sure the spectators remain safe with minimal disruption to the city and shuttle."

The LAPD will monitor Endeavour’s journey, the crowds and general activity using 720p HDTV quality AXIS P5534-E PTZ Dome Network Cameras and 1080p HDTV quality AXIS Q6035-E PTZ Dome Network Cameras. These IP cameras are easy to install with outdoor-ready housings and configure seamlessly with the LAPD’s wireless mesh network powered by Cobham technology. Additionally, the automatic day/night functionality of the AXIS P55 and AXIS Q60 Series cameras will enable the LAPD to monitor the 48-hour journey in crisp detail even at night.

For the wireless mesh network, the rooftop of a 54-story L.A. skyscraper serves as a relay site between the Axis cameras and radio nodes throughout the route. This allows video footage to flow freely to the LAPD central command post as well as mobile devices in the field despite the large physical distances from point-to-point. All live viewing and video archiving of the Mission 26 event will be done using Milestone XProtect Professional video management software (VMS), a comprehensive open platform VMS that is ideal for live monitoring with efficient search tools to manage, locate and export video evidence.

The police department has used similar technology to monitor several high-profile events in Los Angeles, including the Academy Awards, L.A. Lakers and Kings victory parades and other large city gatherings.

"This leap-frog style, on-the-fly mesh network build-out is such a unique surveillance installation. It proves once again that the LAPD’s counter-terrorism and special operations bureau is at the forefront of using technology to protect the city’s people and assets," said Fredrik Nilsson, general manager, Axis Communications, Inc. "IP video surveillance opens the doors to a world of innovative surveillance opportunities, and we’re honored to be working with the LAPD to secure this historic journey of a true national treasure."

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