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Mobile technology can enhance direct mail, says Postal Service IG

Mobile technology is helping direct mail become more interactive, particularly for advertisers, says the Postal Service inspector general in a Sept. 22 report (pdf) on mail innovation. Connected mail connects recipients to a digital experience via a mobile device.

Mobile apps lack adequate privacy information, say privacy enforcement authorities

Most mobile applications fail to explain to consumers what information is being collected and how it will be used, finds a recent global review of 1,211 popular apps.

FTC provides several areas of concern about mobile banking to CFPB

While mobile banking provides consumers with "unprecedented efficiency and convenience," consumers should be aware of fraudulent or unfair practices that could impose additional costs or compromise their data, the Federal Trade Commission said in comments submitted to the Consumer Financial Protection Board.

NIST wants to give organizations a leg up on mobile app security

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is seeking public input on a draft guide to help organizations use mobile apps while managing associated security vulnerabilities and risks.

DoD seeks mobile application support, commercial device guidance

A pair of notices posted to FedBizOpps June 20 show the DoD is looking to purchase enterprise apps at a discount to host on its app store as well as gather strategies for fostering custom mobile app development. It also has a number of questions about how to best support commercial mobile devices while ensuring compliance with National Security Agency security and privacy standards.

Facebook taps GSA API for social media verification

Facebook now references General Services Administration data to verify that visitors to federal Facebook pages are viewing an authentic page and not a copy-cat account.

Mobile tracking self-regulation failing, say federal officials

Government efforts to encourage industry to follow best practices for consumer protection in using mobile tracking technology have failed to this point due to their voluntary nature, said officials during a June 4 hearing.

Mobile app could help crowdsource solutions following disasters

An Android app, code named "uRep," which is under development at Kean University allows users to report a problem by snapping a picture and geo-tag it using GPS functionality built into their mobile device.

Arlington National Cemetery launches second iteration of grave locator app

The Arlington National Cemetery's digital team launched the second iteration of an app that helps visitors find gravesites and plan their trips. The app will help the 4 million visitors a year navigate the cemetery, plan a visit, search for burial records and find a specific grave site or monument, a May 29 blog post says.

China cracks down on smartphone messaging apps

China's most popular mobile instant messaging applications, WeChat and QQ, are the target of a new crackdown on illegal content announced by the Chinese government.