The Chilean government has blocked some 18,000 public transportation cards after detecting that transit users fraudulently added money to the cards with an Android-based application.
When the "Safety Check" tool is activated, Facebook will send a push notification asking users in an affected area about their status. It will know where users are depending on the city listed in their profile, their last location if indicated and the city where they're using the Internet.
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), who has championed legislation to ban mobile apps that enable one person to spy on or stalk another, is urging the Justice Department to step up its efforts against such technology.
The State Department unveiled to its workforce Oct. 3 a mobile version of Corridor, the department's internal networking and microblogging tool. The move to help foreign affairs professionals better connect and collaborate via mobile is the latest step in what Eric Nelson, director of the State Department's office of eDiplomacy, describes as a march toward greater access to the department's information assets from mobile devices.
Federal law enforcement officials are releasing an enhanced version of a mobile app that they say will significantly expand the public's help in nabbing child predators and rescuing victims.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.