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US Marshals gathering mobile data with plane-based devices, reports WSJ

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.

Governmentwide models, policy templates needed to advance federal mobility, says report

Agency mobility efforts would benefit from shared models and templates that are approved and endorsed by the federal chief information officer and CIO council, according to a whitepaper (pdf) published by the MITRE Corporation and the Advanced Technology Academic Research Center.

Cyber threats, malware escalating for Android mobile device users, says joint Kapersky-Interpol report

More than 98 percent of mobile cyber threats target Android mobile device users, with about 175,000 new unique malicious programs detected in the first half of 2014 alone, according to a new joint Kapersky Lab and Interpol report released Oct. 6.

Tenn. school district's tech policy violates constitutional rights, civil liberties groups say

A public school district is under scrutiny for a "fundamental misunderstanding" of students' constitutional rights by overly restricting what they can do with technology and the Internet, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Calif. patrol officers steal, share nude photos from female suspects' cellphones, warrant states

A years-long "game" of stealing and trading nude photos from suspects' cellphones has come to an end for several California Highway Patrol officers, who have been accused of misconduct.  

Options for law enforcement to get around smartphone data encryption

Several options may be available to law enforcement officials concerned that recent actions by companies to protect and encrypt data on smartphones and other mobile devices could impact their investigations, according to a recent Congressional Research Service brief.

Mobile app exploits Chilean public transit payment system

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.

Feds set up fake Facebook account using arrested woman's cellphone photos, DOJ rethinking practice

The Justice Department said it will review whether a Drug Enforcement Administration agent went too far when he used photographs and other personal information taken from a woman's cell phone to set up a fake Facebook account as part of an investigation.

Franken urges DOJ to step up enforcement against mobile stalking apps

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.

State Department tries to balance security with mobile access

The State Department is trying to satisfy demands for instantaneous mobile communications in every setting and provide more access to classified and sensitive networks at its facilities – priorities that can be at odds and impossible to do all the time, said a high-ranking departmental official.