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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.

Supreme Court: Warrant needed to search mobile devices

Digital information contained on mobile devices is constitutionally protected from search by a police officer without a warrant, ruled the Supreme Court June 25.

DoD seeks mobile application support, commercial device guidance

A pair of notices posted to FedBizOpps June 20 show the DoD is looking to purchase enterprise apps at a discount to host on its app store as well as gather strategies for fostering custom mobile app development. It also has a number of questions about how to best support commercial mobile devices while ensuring compliance with National Security Agency security and privacy standards.

Florida judge dismisses ACLU lawsuit involving cellphone tracking devices

Saying he didn't have jurisdiction, a Florida circuit court judge recently dismissed a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida against a local police department to produce documents about the use of controversial cellphone tracking devices.

DHS launches Mobile Technology Security project

The Homeland Security Department announced the Mobile Technology Security project June 13, one of several targeted research and development projects its science and technology directorate will pursue under a five-year broad agency announcement.

Federal appeals court rules cellphone location data requires warrant

The Fourth Amendment, which requires that warrants be issued when there's probable cause and protects against unreasonable searches and seizures, also extends to cellphone location data, ruled (pdf) the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals June 11. "We hold that cell site location information is within the subscriber's reasonable expectation of privacy. The obtaining of that data without a warrant is a Fourth Amendment violation," the court said in  USA v. Quartavious Davis.