Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) recently introduced legislation that would prohibit any federal requirement to build backdoors or security vulnerabilities into American software and hardware products. The bill addresses U.S. government's secret phone and Internet surveillance efforts.
Federal communications regulators are seeking public comment on recommendations from a new report to help reduce smartphone thefts, which is conservatively estimated at about 1 million annually and growing.
Federal regulators this week issued a warning against the use of cellphone jammers – even by state and local law enforcement agencies – that block or interfere with communications, especially emergency calls.
People in emerging markets like Brazil and India are more likely to use mobile Internet services for personal advancement, self improvement and educational purposes than those in more developed nations, accoding to a new global survey released by Juniper Networks Dec. 10.
Personal identity verification at the Defense Department could become more compatible with mobile devices, since the department approved Nov. 24 the first vendor to provide security credentials for Android, Apple and Microsoft mobile devices.
Agencies planning their strategy for citizen-facing mobile services should note that the battle for screen time is swinging in favor of tablets and smartphones. The time Americans spend on mobile devices is climbing while the time they spend at the television has plateaued, finds recent analysis from mobile marketing company Flurry Analytics, based on ComScore and Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
The American Civil Liberties Union recently filed an amicus brief, supporting a Baltimore man – allegedly involved in a murder-for-hire plot – who said the use of a cell-phone tracker to trace and locate his whereabouts is illegal.
The Federal Communications Commission is seeking comment on a proposed roadmap that would use available WiFi and Bluetooth technology to help locate emergency 911 callers inside buildings, according to a public notice posted by regulators Nov. 20.
Federal regulators recently announced a deal with T-Mobile that would provide customers with more accurate information about their mobile broadband speeds, especially those whose speeds have been reduced after reaching the monthly data cap. The Federal Communications Commission said Nov. 24 that T-Mobile will fully implement the agreement within 60 days.
The U.S. Marshals Service is using devices that mimic cellphone towers on airplanes to gather information from thousands of mobile phones on the ground, reports the Wall Street Journal in a Nov. 13 expose based on interviews with anonymous sources with close knowledge of the program.