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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.

Spotlight: FirstNet to issue RFI on radio access network, security, partnerships

The First Responder Network Authority will release a request for information Sept. 17 that will focus on the core radio access network, security and partnerships.

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.

Verizon agrees to pay $7.4M to settle FCC privacy complaint

Under the settlement, Verizon has also agreed to notify customers of their opt-out rights on every bill for the next three years. The FCC said the payment is the largest in its history for an investigation into the privacy of a phone customers' personal information.

FTC announces winners in latest challenge to fight robocalls

The FTC sponsored the robocall contest – called Zapping Rachel – at the DEF CON 22 hacking conference in early August. Contestants had to design a so-called honeypot, which is an information system that would attract robocallers so researchers, law enforcement and other stakeholders could gain more insight into robocallers' tactics.

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.

DOT says vehicle-to-vehicle communications technology could save lives, seeks input on plan

Federal transportation regulators are seeking input on a plan that would enable new passenger vehicles to wirelessly exchange information with nearby vehicles, potentially preventing about 600,000 crashes a year.

California poised to require kill-switches for all smartphones sold in the state

The California State Assembly has passed a bill requiring smartphone manufacturers to install theft-resistant systems that can remotely disable a lost or stolen device. If the bill is signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, it will be the second in the nation—after Minnesota—requiring so-called "kill switch" software on smart phones. The Minnesota law was enacted in May.

Federal authorities bust major crime ring for multimillion-dollar smartphone scheme

Federal authorities on Aug. 12 indicted 20 members of a Minnesota-based crime organization for trafficking thousands of stolen and fraudulently obtained smartphones and tablets worth millions of dollars across the United States and internationally.

Verizon: Nearly 150,000 requests for customer information from federal, state and local governments

In its second-ever "Transparency Report," the company provided a breakdown of subpoenas, orders, warrants and emergency requests that were made by law enforcement. However, it did not detail the number of requests made by each level of government.