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Security and Privacy

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New bill would prevent federal mandates to build backdoors into US software, hardware

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.

US regulators seek input on how to reduce smartphone theft

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.

FCC issues warning against the use of cellphone jammers

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.

DoD moves forward with mobile-friendly credentialing

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.

ACLU files brief in criminal case against use of 'stingray' devices that track cellphones

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.

WhatsApp jumping on mobile encryption bandwagon

On the heels of action by Google and Apple, yet another mobile messaging technology is expanding its use of encryption to protect user information – a move that has drawn criticism from law enforcement agencies. The Facebook-owned mobile messaging platform WhatsApp is working with Open Whisper Systems to provide end-to-end encryption, according to a  blog post.

CDT says mobile app developers should consider privacy as equal rights issue

Mobile app developers need to consider equal treatment of users' privacy needs as much as privacy itself, according to a recent blog post from the Center for Democracy and Technology.

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.