Security and Privacy
The ACLU found that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement identified 1,835 uses of the devices, probably in both state and local investigations.
Employees at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives can now use a biometric tool in lieu of a password to sign on to their mobile devices.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Justice Department after seeking records related to the U.S. Air Marshals cellphone tracking system, says a Feb. 10 EFF statement.
The California Electronic Communications Privacy Act would protect personal messages, passwords, PIN numbers, GPS information, photos, medical and financial data, contact and metadata, but provides exceptions in emergency situations.
As local law enforcement, first responders, and other state and local government officials increasingly use mobile devices to share and access information with their federal counterparts, the U.S. government wants to make sure they do so securely.
The guide called "Vetting the Security of Mobile Applications" helps organizations understand and implement security requirements and an app vetting process to evaluate how secure they are.
Information security and privacy concerns are likely impeding the widespread use of thousands of mobile health applications since an overwhelming majority require access to sensitive personal data.
"As an agency, there's no way I can wade through hundreds of thousands of applications and there needs to be some risk management that industry comes up with," said Walter Bigalow, chief of IT services management at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
In the coming weeks the Federal Bureau of Investigation will have just under 30,000 Android-based devices deployed, said the agency's mobility lead David Rubin during a Jan. 13 industry event.
BabyBus Network Technology's mobile apps are collecting geolocation information from children that might be in violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.