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Daniel May named Director of Safety & Environmental Programs
for AutoZone

Before joining AutoZone as Director of Safety & Environmental Programs, Daniel spent two years with Lowe's Companies as Safety Manager. Prior to that, he spent nearly two years with the Publix Super Markets' Loss Prevention team. Earlier in his career, he served in more LP/safety roles with Lowe's Companies over an 18-year period. Congratulations, Daniel!

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Sensormatic Solutions Continues to Power Retail with Google Cloud

The new intelligent operation platform for retail, Sensormatic IQ, leverages Google Cloud technology to deliver prescriptive retail outcomes

The two companies' strategic partnership continues to innovate and solve real-world challenges for the evolving retail industry

Johnson Controls, the global leader for smart, healthy and sustainable buildings and the architect of OpenBlue connected solutions, today announced that Sensormatic Solutions, its leading global retail solutions portfolio, continues to innovate through its partnership and joint investment with Google Cloud.

The long-term strategic partnership is helping to power Sensormatic IQ, the new intelligent operating platform for retail, delivering improved shopper experiences and retail outcomes as the industry continues to evolve and meet new challenges. The Google Cloud-based platform offers the flexibility and scalability retailers need to make prescriptive, data-driven decisions about operations from headquarters to the individual store-level. Google Cloud offered Sensormatic and its retail customers the most open source capabilities to integrate the full Sensormatic Solutions portfolio, retailer, and third-party data sources.
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Jon Kabrud, Channel Director at ADT Cybersecurity,
Named One of CRN's 50 Most Influential Channel Chiefs of 2021

During his first six months leading ADT's MSP channel, Jon Kabrud launched a three-tier partner program with benefits, established field engagement and partner support processes, significantly ramped up partner recruitment efforts, built a Partner Advisory Council, implemented a CRM system, updated ADT Cybersecurity's website and portal, restructured his team and launched several marketing campaigns.

Since June, ADT Cybersecurity has recruited and on-boarded 33 new partners, of which seven are transacting with consistent and increasing recurring monthly revenue. Since Kabrud's arrival, average revenue per partner has grown approximately 55 percent across the board. crn.com

ADT acquires assets from and partners with Ackerman Security
ADT announced that it has acquired assets from Atlanta-based Ackerman Security Systems, which will join the ADT Authorized Dealer Program and will sell and install ADT smart home security services to its new customers. Ackerman Security joins more than 200 independently owned and operated ADT Authorized Dealers and expands ADT's reach in Georgia, Virginia and Maryland. securitysystemsnews.com

Protests & Violence

Minneapolis Boarding Up for March 8th Floyd Murder Case?
Gov. Activates National Guard

Are you considering boarding up your stores in the areas where protestors looted last year? Also what about around the court house where the trial is taking place?

Fact is we may still have the remnants of the polar vortex hanging around which would probably limit the numbers significantly. If not, the verdict will determine the outcome obviously.

Interestingly the Corrections officers of color were barred from guarding Derek Chauvin file discrimination lawsuit against Ramsey County. Minority Ramsey County officers were kept away from Derek Chauvin.

Gov. Tim Walz is activating the Minnesota National Guard ahead of Chauvin's trial, which is set to begin on March 8.

The preparation of the National Guard is one of many steps the state is taking in anticipation of potential unrest around the trial. Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter in George Floyd's death last May.

Walz said this week that in addition to peaceful protests, the trials will be a "magnet" for people who want to do more than just express their First Amendment rights startribune.com

Court Upholds Discipline of Workers Wearing Black Lives Matter Masks
On Feb. 5, a district court in Massachusetts dismissed most of the claims by Whole Foods Market workers who were disciplined for wearing Black Lives Matter masks in violation of the company's dress code policy. But the court let one retaliation claim proceed. shrm.org

Walmart working with city to fight crime;
Trussville, Al. PD moving back to substation
The city of Trussville is in talks with Walmart's district asset protection leaders about how to make the area safer for shoppers.

The meetings were spurred after a shooting on Feb. 2. No one was hurt in the shooting and police arrested Walmart employee 20-year-old Jordan Christopher Harris. Harris is now charged with attempted murder, criminal mischief second-degree and reckless endangerment.

After the shooting, Police Chief Eric Rush said he mobilized a specialized unit to fight crime around Walmart. He also said he would like Walmart to provide funding for Flock Safety cameras at the entrance of the property, in order to help curb crime.

Flock Safety license plate reader cameras take snapshots of tags and alert law enforcement when they detect stolen vehicles, stolen tags, people with outstanding warrants, or people or vehicles who have been entered into a hotlist. The cameras can also help with investigations after crimes have been committed.

Rush said one of those other things is bringing back the police department's substation inside Walmart.

Scott Pope, the director of National Media Relations with Walmart, said the leadership of the superstore chain is working hard to come up with solutions in and around the Trussville Walmart. trussvilletribune.com


COVID Update

US: Over 27.8M Cases - 479K Dead - 17.6M Recovered
Worldwide: Over 107M Cases - 2.3M Dead - 79M Recovered

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Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 274   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 243
*Red indicates change in total deaths

Holiday Surges Over- Now Sweating Out the Variants
Brutal Covid-19 Surge in the U.S. Weakens Significantly
Newly reported cases and hospitalizations have dropped over the past month, but whether a turning point has been reached isn't yet clear

The most severe surge of the Covid-19 pandemic in the U.S. has weakened significantly, according to key metrics, though public-health experts and epidemiologists urge caution, given the spread of highly contagious new variants.

Newly reported cases have dropped 56% over the past month, based on a seven-day average, marking a significantly steeper fall than the U.S. saw after the spring and summer surges. Hospitalizations have declined 38% since Jan 6. The seven-day average of Covid-19 tests returning positive fell over the past week to 6.93%, the lowest since Oct. 31.

Unlike during earlier moments in the pandemic, case counts are heading lower amid a mass-inoculation effort. But even after such a steep decline, cases and hospitalizations remain higher than during earlier surges, deaths continue to hover near records, and the rise of more contagious coronavirus variants could quickly worsen the spread.

"The concern right now is that while we're seeing a decline in cases from the holiday surges, as we identify more transmission of the variants within the U.S., this could lead to another surge," said Saskia Popescu, an assistant professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. wsj.com

Vaccinating America
The Retail Hiring Push

Some have said "Getting involved felt like their duty"
"If you're in the Army & war breaks out, are you going to say, 'No, I'm going to sit this one out'?"

With Vaccines in More Drugstores, Pharmacies Go on Hiring Sprees
Pharmacies are dangling five-figure signing bonuses and competing against one another to quickly recruit pharmacists and support staff.

Phones are ringing with plentiful job opportunities. Prospective employers are dangling five-figure signing bonuses. Businesses are hounding universities for potential recruits.

The job market is booming - at least if you're a pharmacist.

The vaccination drive in the United States is entering a new phase this week, with the start of a federal program that will send more doses of Covid-19 vaccines into drugstores and grocery store pharmacies.

Pharmacies are turning to universities for help finding vaccinators. Training programs are enrolling record numbers of students and workers looking to learn how to give vaccines.

Starting on Thursday, the federal government will send vaccine doses directly to dozens of chains that operate drugstores and grocery store pharmacies. The chains will play a key role as the vaccination campaign, which so far has been concentrated in hospitals and mass-vaccination sites like stadiums, expands into places where many Americans are accustomed to getting shots.

The Retail Hiring Push - See the numbers - Continue Reading

The Grocery Store Fight Continues Nationwide
 - With 400 Dead & 77k+ Infected or Exposed

From LA to Dallas to Chicago & NYC Grocery Workers Fighting for Vaccines & Hero Pay

Dallas: Union says front-line grocery workers need vaccines sooner
& should earn hazard pay
Walmart is offering 3 days of paid leave if employees have vaccine side effects. Kroger is giving employees $100 to get vaccinated.

Members of the United Food and Commercial Workers also said Tuesday that they should continue to receive hazard pay.

The union, which represents 1.3 million grocery, meatpacking and food processing workers, said COVID-19 infections and deaths in the U.S. remain at peak levels, but many employers aren't reflecting that reality in the workplace.

The threats to essential workers are worse than in the early days of the pandemic, said Marc Perrone, president of the UFCW. The union has had trouble gathering statistics from employers, he said, but he estimates that 400 front-line workers in the U.S. have died from COVID-19 and 77,600 workers have been infected or exposed.

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Federal health officials emphasize proper mask fit to protect against coronavirus variants, urging double masks in some cases
CDC also found that improving the fit of a single surgical mask boosted protection from potentially infectious aerosols.

Federal health officials on Wednesday urged Americans to consider wearing two masks as one of several strategies to better protect themselves against the threat of more contagious variants of the coronavirus.

"We know that universal masking works," said John T. Brooks, medical officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's covid-19 response. "And now these variants are circulating ... whatever we can do to improve the fit of a mask to make it work better, the faster we can end this pandemic."

Two methods substantially boost fit and protection, according to a CDC report and guidance released Wednesday. One is wearing a cloth mask over a disposable surgical mask. The second is improving the fit of a single surgical mask by knotting the ear loops and tucking in the sides close to the face to prevent air from leaking out around the edges and to form a closer fit.

Both of those methods reduced exposure to potentially infectious aerosols by more than 95 percent in a laboratory experiment using dummies, the report said. washingtonpost.com

Covid-19's Lasting Impact on Workforces

Salesforce to shrink its office footprint by 50%+
San Francisco's biggest private employer-and tenant of the city's tallest building (Salesforce Tower)-says more than half of its 54,000 global employees will work from home at least part-time.

Chief People Officer Brent Hyder said Salesforce's changes would include revamping office layouts to increase collaboration space instead of having a "sea of desks." As employees are expected to do much of their independent work remotely, the mock-ups of the new offices feature cafe-style seating, open-air conference areas and private nooks, with an emphasis on clean desks and social distancing.

While the majority of Salesforce employees would no longer be working in the office full time, the company cited an internal survey in which 80% of employees said they wanted to maintain a connection to a physical space.

"We're not going back to the way things were."

Last May, Facebook Inc., which has about 56,600 employees, said it would be moving to a substantially more remote workforce, and Twitter said it would give all employees the option to stay remote.

Amazon Committed to Growing Office Space

Others have indicated they remain committed to office-based work. Amazon.com Inc., which went on a hiring spree last year, expanded office space in six U.S. cities and said last month that it had leased more space in Boston to accommodate a growing workforce there. wsj.com

Accommodating Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Nike will equip workers with clear masks to settle deaf customer's suit
Nike has agreed to provide employees in its California stores with transparent face masks and pen and paper to accommodate customers who are deaf and hearing-impaired for as long as its COVID-19 policy to provide face masks remains in effect (Bunn v. Nike, Inc., No. 4:20-cv-07403 (N.D. Calif., Jan. 27, 2021)).

Nike also agreed to post notices at California store entrances informing customers that accommodations are available for those with hearing impairments. hrdive.com

Biden Administration Plans Covid Safety Campaign Focused on Social Distancing,
Mask Wearing

As workforces spread out, compliance risks expand, attorneys say

Target joins other retailers in offering paid time off for COVID-19 vaccine

How Does Biden View China's Threat?

Does Biden Change Directions on Huawei?
Huawei Files U.S. Lawsuit Disputing That It Is a Security Threat
China's Huawei Technologies Co. filed a lawsuit in the U.S. disputing its designation as a national security threat by the Federal Communications Commission, stepping up legal challenges in the country despite a change of administration in Washington.

The lawsuit filed Monday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit asked for a review of an FCC ruling last year that found the company poses a national security threat and blocked American telecommunications operators from accessing a multibillion-dollar fund to buy Huawei-made telecom gear.

U.S. officials have long said that Beijing could exploit Huawei telecom gear to spy or disrupt telecommunications networks, though they haven't publicly shown evidence of any such behavior. Huawei's founder, Ren Zhengfei, has said the company would never spy on behalf of any country.

The Biden administration hasn't clearly spelled out its approach to Huawei. During a hearing last month, President Biden's nominee for commerce secretary, Gina Raimondo, vowed to protect the U.S. against Chinese technology threats but declined to promise to maintain the Commerce Department's blacklisting of Huawei, pending a review. wsj.com

Biden's also Shelving Forcing China-Owned TikTok Sale to Oracle & Walmart While He Reviews Security
As President Biden undertakes a broad review of his predecessor's efforts to address potential security risks from Chinese tech companies.

They're all tied together. With the question being does Biden view China's government accessibility to our data and security equipment as a threat?  wsj.com

Costco - Trader Joe's - Bass Pro Shops Rank in the Top 10

America's Best Largest Employers
Forbes partnered with market research firm Statista to compile our list by surveying 50,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 1,000 employees. Participants were asked to rate their willingness to recommend their own employers to friends and family, and to nominate organizations other than their own. The final list ranks the 500 large and 500 midsize employers that received the most recommendations.

See where major retailers ranked on the list below

4. Costco Wholesale
7. Trader Joe's
9. Bass Pro Shops
46. eBay
75. IKEA
76. Sephora
79. ALDI
82. Hobby Lobby
88. AutoZone
106. Best Buy
122. Five Below
141. Home Depot
150. Publix Super Markets

157. Ace Hardware
170. Wegmans Food Markets
173. Amazon
177. Whole Foods Market
192. Nordstrom
222. Petsmart
234. Harbor Freight Tools
255. Lowe's
261. Target
267. Dick's Sport Goods
296. Petco Animal Supplies
298. Ulta Beauty


Dicks Sporting Goods Opens 5 Stores in 5 States

Aldi Continues Nationwide Expansion with 100 New Stores in 2021

Four Defendants Settle with the FTC for Their Alleged Role in $7M Credit Card
Laundering Scheme

Quarterly Results
Under Armor Q4 DTC up 11%, e-commerce sales up 25%, Wholesale down 12%, sales down 3%
Under Armor FY 2020 revenue down 15%

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Top 10 Action Items for 2021: The California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA)
How can your business prepare for the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) ramp-up in 2021? The CPRA is scheduled to become effective in January 2023. Preparations will occur over the next two years, including establishing the new California Privacy Protection Agency, which will take over rulemaking from the California Attorney General. With an impact on most medium to large businesses located in California or doing business in California, even companies that have already taken steps to comply with the CCPA will need to plan carefully for successful CPRA compliance.

Here are 10 essential steps that companies can consider taking now to prepare for the CPRA:

1. Determine whether the CPRA applies to your organization.

2. Advise senior management of coming changes to privacy law and impact on your organization.

3. Designate a CPRA compliance team with an appointed team leader, schedule monthly check-ins and ensure CPRA compliance costs are built into this year's budgets.

4. Determine if software development work is required and ensure software development teams update this year's development roadmap.

5. Update your data map to include new CPRA-specific details, including sensitive personal information designations and data retention periods.

6. Inventory your company contracts to determine contracts that will need to be updated for compliance with the CPRA.

7. Identify privacy notices that will need to be updated.

8. Watch out for updates on the timing of additional CPRA regulations.

9. Review your company's current security posture and identify potential security enhancements to be implemented this year.

10. Develop a CPRA compliance roadmap. jdsupra.com

Massive spike in fraud across all industries - 4.3B attacks detected
since Black Friday
Arkose Labs, provider of online fraud and abuse prevention technology, released new data on the latest fraud trends that reveal a massive spike in fraud across all industries from Black Friday onwards. As consumers continue to flock online in droves greater than ever before, credential stuffing, account takeover (ATO) attacks and gift card fraud are poised to be top attack vectors in 2021.

Advertisement"2021 remains full of unknowns, however what's certain is the frequency and severity of fraud will never return to pre-pandemic levels," said Vanita Pandey, VP of Marketing and Strategy at Arkose Labs. "With digital channels serving as an invaluable lifeline for much of the world, the Arkose Labs network saw 4 times as many transactions compared to the year prior. This increased activity has created an ideal breeding ground for attacks as fraudsters work to blend in with trusted users, rendering typical models of good versus bad user behavior obsolete."

The Black Friday Effect and Gift Card Fraud
As in previous years, the Arkose Labs network recorded a sustained increase in fraud in the ecommerce industry from Black Friday through the end of the year. This year, however, this sustained increase in fraud occurred across all industries -- even those not typically associated with Black Friday, such as social media, online dating and financial services.

Credential Stuffing and New Attack Types
The influx of new digital accounts created in Q4 of 2020 led to a drastic increase in credential stuffing attacks, which power account takeover attacks. Credential stuffing attacks more than doubled in Q4 compared to Q3, and increased by nearly 90% compared to Q1.

To access the full Q1 2021 Fraud and Abuse Report, please click here. securitymagazine.com

Insider Threat Unleashed a $100M Cryptocurrency Theft
Authorities arrest SIM swapping gang that targeted celebrities
Eight men were arrested in England and Scotland as part of an investigation into a series of SIM swapping attacks targeting US celebrities.

Eight men were arrested across England and Scotland this week as part of a coordinated crackdown against a SIM swapping gang that has hijacked the identities and social media profiles of US celebrities.

The UK National Crime Agency, which made the arrests on Tuesday, said the gang targeted well-known sports stars, musicians, and influencers, primarily located in the US. Officials said this gang engaged in SIM swapping attacks, where they tricked US mobile operators into assigning a celebrity's phone number to a new SIM card under the attacker's control.

While they had access to the victim's phone number, the SIM swappers would reset passwords and bypass two-factor authentication on the victim's accounts. "This enabled them to steal money, bitcoin and personal information, including contacts synced with online accounts," the NCA said.

Europol said the gang stole more than $100 million worth of cryptocurrency using this method.

The practice usually relies on tricking telco call center staff into assigning a phone number to a new SIM card, but it often also relies on rogue employees inside telephone companies willing to cooperate with criminal gangs.

One such employee was charged in the US on Monday. The US Department of Justice indicted Stephen Daniel Defiore for his role in helping SIM swappers steal the identities of at least 19 people while working as an employee for an unnamed US phone company between August 2017 and November 2018.

US authorities said Defiore received $2,325 in a series of twelve payments for his role in the scheme. If found guilty, he now faces a prison sentence of up to five years and a fine of up to $250,000. zdnet.com

Most zoombombing incidents are inside jobs
Most zoombombing incidents are "inside jobs" according to a study featuring researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York.

The videoconferencing app Zoom became an online home for many of these activities, but the migration also led to incidents of zoombombing. Similar apps such as Google Meet and Skype also saw problems.

Attackers don't just stumble upon meeting invitations

They found that the vast majority of zoombombing are not caused by attackers stumbling upon meeting invitations or "bruteforcing" their ID numbers, but rather by insiders who have legitimate access to these meetings, particularly students in high school and college classes. Authorized users share links, passwords and other information on sites such as Twitter and 4chan, along with a call to stir up trouble.

"Some of the measures that people would think stops zoombombing - such as requiring a password to enter a class or meeting - did not deter anybody," Blackburn said. "Posters just post the password online as well.

"Even the waiting rooms in Zoom aren't a deterrent if zoombombers name themselves after people who are actually in the class to confuse the teacher. These strategies that circumvent the technical measures in place are interesting. It's not like they're hacking anything - they're taking advantage of the weaknesses of people that we can't do anything about." helpnetsecurity.com

NIST Publishes NISTIR 8301: Blockchain Networks-Token Design and Management Overview
NIST announces the publication of NISTIR 8301, Blockchain Networks: Token Design and Management Overview, which provides a high-level technical overview and conceptual framework of token designs and management methods. The document highlights the different types of tokens and how they are held in custody. It then examines transaction management under three fundamental aspects: validation, submission, and viewability. Infrastructure tools used to develop applications that integrate blockchain networks and second layer protocols are also reviewed.  Finally, the paper presents deployment scenarios and use cases for tokens before concluding with potential breakthroughs in privacy-preserving verifiable data exchange. csrc.nist.gov




COVID Update

Still 'No End in Sight' for Some Businesses

Easing of Retail Lockdowns in Ontario Not Enough to Save Many Businesses
The easing of some health restrictions on businesses in Ontario announced on Monday is a small, positive step but the Canadian Federation of Independent Business says thousands of small businesses will remain in full lockdown even after February 22.

"Small retailers will breathe a sigh of relief as Ontario will soon allow all retail businesses to reopen to in-person sales in the next few weeks, including at 25 percent of capacity in grey zones," said Dan Kelly, President of the CFIB.

"This will finally end the bizarre and ineffective Ontario-only policy of allowing big box stores to sell in-person while barring small firms from doing the same. Retailers across the province will have been closed for at least 108 days since the Spring 2020 lockdowns began (33 percent of the pandemic) as of next week. By the time they reopen, those in Toronto and Peel will have been closed for 147 days (44 percent).

"For many businesses, particularly in Toronto, Peel, and York, today's announcement will mean that they will move from a province-wide lockdown to a regional lockdown on February 22, 2021. This is deeply unfair and will mean that in-person dining, personal services like hair and nail care, and gyms will remain in full lockdown with no end in sight. By February 22, personal care services in Toronto and Peel will have been closed for a total of 183 days since the Spring 2020 lockdowns began, or roughly 55 percent of the pandemic. Gyms and indoor dining in Toronto and Peel will have been closed for 220 days (66 percent of the pandemic)." retail-insider.com

Coronavirus variants are spreading throughout Canada. Is it still safe to reopen?

Ontario will slowly open the door to some non-essential retail in the coming weeks - but many businesses are frustrated at being left out

Alberta begins Step 1 of easing COVID-19 restrictions

COVID Lockdowns Leading to Permanent Closures
Study Tracks Retail and Restaurant Closures Across Canada
A new study of consumers shows about one-third of Canadians indicate that a store they regularly visited in the past has closed permanently and four in 10 have seen the permanent closure of a preferred restaurant during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Across the country, store closures have been noticed most in the Prairie Provinces (40 percent) and Quebec (40 percent), and are least likely to have been witnessed in the Atlantic Provinces (25 percent), according to the Narrative Research survey.

"The impact of stores and restaurants closing as a result of the pandemic should not be underestimated," said Margaret Brigley, CEO and Partner at Narrative Research. "Despite many government assistance programs and community supports for small businesses, there is no doubt it's been a challenging year for retail and those in food services." retail-insider.com

Canada's Vaccine Woes Continue
Canada's vaccines delayed again: Moderna to send fewer COVID-19 vaccine doses while Pfizer issues continue
Questions around delays in Canada's COVID-19 vaccine deliveries remain outstanding, with reductions in both Modern and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses coming throughout February.

Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, the vice-president of logistics and operations at the Public Health Agency of Canada and head of the country's vaccine distribution efforts, confirmed that 180,000 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine arrive in Canada Thursday morning. Initially, Canada was supposed to receive 230,000 Moderna COVID-19 vaccine doses this week.

On Wednesday, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney shared a graphics that shows that Canada is in 29th place in global vaccine administration. ca.news.yahoo.com

Canadians Support COVID Travel Restrictions
86% of Canadians agree with the new safety measures that have been implemented for travellers coming to or returning to Canada. 87% of Canadians think the government should ban international travel until the number of COVID-19 cases has decreased for several consecutive days.  leger360.com

Declare thrift stores essential, Ottawa woman urges province

Teens lose work as part-time retail jobs vanish due to COVID-19

Facial Recognition & AI in Canada

Clearview AI's Misconduct Opens Larger Discussion Around Privacy and Use of Technology in Canadian Retail Locations
Industry expert, loss prevention veteran, and Founder of Bottom Line Matters consultancy, Stephen O'Keefe, says that the case nonetheless opens up a larger discussion and debate concerning Canadian privacy rights and the use of these types of technologies by law enforcement and those operating within the retail industry.

"There are a number of existing technologies, and many more emerging technologies in development, which present massive benefits toward ensuring a safe and secure environment," he points out. "The existing technologies in a lot of cases could provide retailers with comprehensive solutions to an array of challenges that they face. But the investment in these technologies and their implementation into retail operations is being held up in the legal departments of organizations, or resisted by businesses altogether, as a result of the ambiguity around their appropriate uses with respect to privacy rights. Retailers require the development of a more complete definition on the matter and a continuation of the conversation."

O'Keefe stresses that one of the fundamental learnings that emerges from cases like the OPCC's investigation into the conduct of Clearview AI is the fact that retailers and other businesses that leverage artificial intelligence and facial recognition need to approach their consideration of use with greater diligence and accountability. He says that it's about gaining a full understanding of the technology, the artificial intelligence that's been created and the data that helps feed that intelligence in order to properly assess the capability and usage of technology systems that they purchase. However, what he suggests is of equal importance is the requirement of retailers and their technology partners to remain resolute and to not be discouraged by the OPCC's findings into Clearview AI's practices. retail-insider.com

In Case You Missed It
Clearview's facial recognition tech is illegal mass surveillance,
Canada privacy commissioners say

One commissioner said the software puts people 'continually in a police lineup'

Clearview AI's facial recognition amounts to mass surveillance and the company should delete the faces of Canadians from its database, Canada's privacy commissioners said Wednesday.

Commissioner Daniel Therrien said what Clearview does - scraping photos from social media and other public sites for use by law enforcement - is "illegal" and creates a system that "inflicts broad-based harm on all members of society, who find themselves continually in a police lineup."

The commissioners released a report that follows a yearlong investigation by several Canadian privacy agencies into Clearview's practices, which found the company had collected highly sensitive biometric information without consent and that it "used and disclosed Canadians' personal information for inappropriate purposes." theverge.com


'The Rumors Became Real'

Former Nygard employees, intern say fear, intimidation, even sexual harassment commonplace at the company
Thirteen years after leaving a job at Nygard International Partnership, Brenda Bourns finally feels safe enough to share her story. Bourns worked as the special events manager at the company's head office on Inkster Boulevard in the fall of 2007. She quit 10 months later.

Peter Nygard, 79, was arrested in Winnipeg in December and is currently awaiting extradition to the U.S. for allegations he sexually trafficked women and girls over a 25-year period. Nygard denies all the allegations and says they are part of a conspiracy to tarnish his reputation.

Bourns said what she witnessed during a trip to Burnaby, B.C., for a Nygard store opening made her realize the job wasn't for her.

"The rumours became real ... all the things that I've heard for decades of rumours, innuendo, allegations, hearsay, all of the things ... they were real and I'm done," recalled Bourns. cbc.ca

Racial Bias in the U.S. is Spilling Into Canada

The retail sector has a racial bias problem - and this Sephora survey suggests it's costing it customers
A study commissioned by beauty giant Sephora on racial bias in the U.S. retail sector is having reverberations in Canada - at Sephora's Canadian stores and for those in the beauty industry. The Racial Bias in Retail Study, released in January, aimed to quantify how common it is to experience racial bias, and identify opportunities to eliminate it.

"I absolutely saw myself in that study," said Canadian beauty brand creator, Tomi Gbeleyi-Curtis. "I've had experiences where people follow me around the store."

"It was the first of its kind study to really glean insights into the disparate experiences that many U.S. BIPOC shoppers and employees actually face today," said Debbie McDowell, director of social impact for Sephora Canada.

Sephora Canada doesn't plan to do a Canadian version of the survey; instead, it will build off of the U.S. findings. cbc.ca

J.Crew has officially closed all of its Canadian stores
J. Crew has exited Canada for good. After 10 years in the country, the American fashion retailer has closed its last remaining stores. The company has been experiencing a years-long decline worldwide, largely attributed to the brand's failure to keep up with fast fashion and athleisure trends. blogto.com

Big Changes Coming for Canadian Grocery in 2021 and Beyond: Expert

Nordstrom Appoints New Canadian Head of Stores

Air Canada to temporarily cut 1,500 jobs, suspend 17 routes

Serial Robber Has Long Criminal Record
Halifax, NS: Man accused of committing four robberies in two hours
Halifax Regional Police responded to a robbery at the Roots Store on Spring Garden Road on Friday at about 2:30 p.m. A man entered the store, demanded cash and stated he had a knife. He left the area on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. Shortly after that, attempted robberies were reported at two other businesses on Spring Garden Road - a CIBC branch and Totally Raw Pet Food. In both incidents, a man demanded money but left without obtaining any. At 4:35 p.m., a fourth robbery was reported at Moffatt's Pharmacy on Gladstone Street. A man who said he had a firearm fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. Police said no weapon was seen in any of the incidents and nobody was injured. thechronicleherald.ca

Waterloo, ON: Employee assaulted during convenience store robbery
Waterloo Regional Police are looking for a suspect following a convenience store robbery in Cambridge. It happened around 7 p.m. Saturday at a store in the area of Chalmers Street South and Elliott Street. Upon entering the store, the suspect walked behind the counter, allegedly assaulting the employee. The male suspect then fled with merchandise. kitchenertoday.com

Police in P.E.I. seize more than $45K worth of hydromorphone, arrest two men

Charlottetown, PEI: Suspended sentence for theft for Summerside man

Vancouver, BC: Anti-masker accused of threatening employee with baton
after stealing apple

Robberies & Burglaries

C-Store - Waterloo, ON - Robbery/Employee Assaulted
CIBC- Halifax, NS - Robbery

Dog Store - Halifax, NS - Robbery
Drug Store - London, ON - Burglary (2x)
Pharmacy - Halifax, NS - Robbery
Roots - Halifax, NS - Robbery

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'Extinction of Human Privacy'
'Dystopia Prime:' Amazon AI van cameras spark surveillance concerns

Equipping Amazon's fleet of delivery vehicles with AI cameras could set a dangerous precedent for privacy, advocates say

Amazon.com Inc's announcement this week that it would be rolling out AI-powered cameras in its branded delivery vans for safety has drawn criticism from privacy advocates and workers concerned with being subjected to surveillance on the job.

The world's largest e-commerce firm said the cameras, which are developed by transportation technology company Netradyne, would improve safety of both drivers and the communities in which they deliver.

But employees like Henry Search, a 22-year-old delivery driver in Washington state, said they saw cameras capturing their work day as an "invasion of privacy".

"We are out here working all day, trying our best already," Search told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in a phone interview. "The cameras are just another way to control us."

Privacy advocates warned that equipping Amazon's fleet of about 30,000 delivery vehicles with AI cameras could set a dangerous precedent for privacy.

"This appears to be the largest expansion of corporate surveillance in human history," said Evan Greer, deputy director of tech nonprofit Fight for the Future. "If this becomes the norm, we are talking about the extinction of human privacy." news.trust.org

700 Natural Gas Trucks to Meet Shipping Demand
Amazon orders hundreds of trucks that run on natural gas
Amazon.com Inc has ordered hundreds of trucks that run on compressed natural gas as it tests ways to shift its U.S. fleet away from heavier polluting trucks, the company told Reuters on Friday.

"Amazon is excited about introducing new sustainable solutions for freight transportation and is working on testing a number of new vehicle types including electric, CNG and others," the company said in a statement. Amazon has ordered more than 700 compressed natural gas class 6 and class 8 trucks so far, according to the company. reuters.com

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Nashville, TN: Metro Detective arrests Walgreens employee allegedly selling cancer patients' pain prescriptions
A three-month investigation by North Precinct undercover detectives with assistance from the regional Walgreens asset protection manager resulted in the arrests of three persons involved in a conspiracy to fraudulently obtain prescription pain medication. After being contacted by a citizen regarding his wife's medication being fraudulently obtained by another person at Walgreens' Pharmacy, detectives began the meticulous work of uncovering a plot allegedly involving pharmacy employee Dor Charika McKinney, 27, who is accused of providing the personal information of customers with prescriptions to her co-conspirators who would then use that information to purchase the victim's medication before they could pick it up. The illegal activity began shortly after McKinney was hired at the end of November. During an interview, she admitted her involvement in the conspiracy. Thirteen hundred prescription pills were diverted from patients prior to her arrest. McKinney is charged with eleven counts of conspiracy to commit identity theft and felony drug conspiracy. Police have identified six different suspects who they say are part of this conspiracy to fraudulently obtain pain medication. wkrn.com

New York, NY: Thieves steal more than $5K in clothing from NYC Lululemon store
Police are searching for two thieves who swiped more than $5,000 worth of clothing from a Manhattan retail store during several burglaries over the last month. The unknown suspects stole the merchandise from the Lululemon store on Broadway near 116th Street in Morningside Heights four times between Jan. 2 and Jan. 17 and stole a total of $5,376 in merchandise, police said. No injuries were reported in the heists, cops said. nypost.com

Matteson, IL: Auto Thieves Steal Or Damage 6 Cars from Dealership Within Minutes
In what looks like something out of "Fast & Furious," a stolen car crew hit up a south suburban dealership and got away with numerous cars this past weekend. The dealership estimates the loss at nearly $150,000.  news.yahoo.com

Seward, NE: Police seeking female suspect for theft of hundreds in merchandise

Prattville, AL: Police seeking man in $600 theft

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Shootings & Deaths

Buffalo, MN: 1 Person Killed and 4 Injured in Shooting at Minnesota Health Clinic
A man was in custody after a shooting at a health clinic outside of Minneapolis on Tuesday that left one person dead and four more injured, the authorities in Buffalo, Minn., said. The shooting sent a wave of panic through residents of the tight-knit community, who were devastated that health care workers - already under siege over 11 months of a pandemic - were now contending with violence at work. By midafternoon, a suspect was in custody, a man with a history of grievances that authorities said they had known of for years. At the news conference, the sheriff announced that the suspected gunman was Gregory P. Ulrich, 67. The police said they have had many contacts with Mr. Ulrich dating back to 2003, and Chief Pat Budke of the Buffalo Police Department indicated that Mr. Ulrich had been treated at Buffalo clinics and may have been targeting someone there. In an interview, Mr. Ulrich's younger brother Richard said Gregory Ulrich had back surgery about two years ago, after which he became dependent on opioids and frequently grew frustrated when doctors refused to prescribe them to him. nytimes.com

Madeira, OH: 68-year-old C-store owner shot dead
A store owner was shot in Madeira Tuesday night. Police responded to Madeira Beverage on Kenwood Road at 7:45 p.m. There they found the owner of the store, Rupp Gupta, with a single gunshot wound. Gupta was taken to the hospital where he died from his injuries. He was 68-years-old. Police are looking for a 6-foot tall, 240-pound black man wearing black pants, a black jacket with a hood, and a red face mask. local12.com

Inglewood, CA: LAPD standoff at Inglewood shopping center over as police determine suspect escaped
A lengthy apparent barricade outside an Inglewood shopping center ended after several hours Tuesday evening when police were able to determine the suspect had actually fled the area before they arrived. The incident started around 4:30 p.m. with a traffic stop at Manchester Boulevard and Figueroa Street. Los Angeles Police Department officials say the driver failed to comply with orders and instead backed the vehicle toward officers. They opened fired at the vehicle but no injuries were reported. The vehicle fled but an LAPD helicopter spotted it a short time later. The suspect abandoned the vehicle in the shopping center's parking lot and fled into a store. Dozens of officers surrounded the complex at Imperial Highway and Crenshaw Boulevard after the short chase. Police said later there was no indication the suspect held anyone hostage inside the store. After about three hours, officials say they were able to confirm the suspect had changed clothes inside the store and had fled the scene before officers arrived. abc7.com



Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Mattoon, IL: Police seek help identifying JCPenney jewelry burglars
The Mattoon Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in identifying suspects in connection with a recent break-in and jewelry theft at the JCPenney store at the Cross County Mall. Detective Lt. Ryan Hurst said officers responded to an alarm at 1:30 a.m. Feb. 2 at JCPenney and found that the glass in the north door had been broken. He said officers ensured the store was clear and then discovered that the glass case in the jewelry department had been smashed. Hurst said an unknown amount of jewelry had been taken. Hurst said evidence indicates two suspects perpetrated the burglary. jg-tc.com

Michigan: FBI helps bust man wanted for Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid armed robberies in Oakland, Genesee Counties

Woodbridge, NJ: Gas Station clerk stabbed in the neck by a fleeing Shoplifter

Pikeville, KY: Walmart shoplifter searched in LP Office has .25 caliber pistol with 1 in the chamber

Madison, WI: Shoplifter pulls knife on Grocery store employee

Killeen, TX: Walmart theft ends with felon arrest; possession of a firearm




C-Store - Madeira, OH - Armed Robbery/ Owner killed
CBD - Chicago, IL - Robbery
CVS - New York, NY - Robbery
Cellphone - Yucaipa, CA - Robbery
Dollar General - Atlanta, GA - Robbery
Dollar General - Springfield, TN - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Woodbridge, NJ - Armed Robbery/ clerk stabbed
Grocery - Madison, WI - Armed Robbery
JC Penney - Mattoon, IL - Burglary
Jewelry - Bloomington, IN - Burglary
Restaurant - Staten Island, NY - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Tulsa, OK - Armed Robbery (McDonalds)
Walmart - Lincoln, NE - Robbery
Walmart - Pikeville, KY - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Colorado Springs, CO - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Marina, CA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Bedford, TX - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Long Beach, CA - Armed Robbery


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• 16 robberies
• 2 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 1 killed

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