The Federal Communications Commission is requesting approximately $13.5 million for information technology upgrades in fiscal 2015 – a figure FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler sought to justify before House appropriators.
The Defense Department's mobility pilot is now well underway, but as the department allows non-BlackBerry devices to connect to its network, it faces several previously unforeseen challenges, said DoD Chief Information Officer Teri Takai. Non-customized consumer devices present problems in terms of credentialing and pre-loaded applications, said Takai at a March 26 event hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
The so-called " building block " is intended to provide an example of a cybersecurity implementation that a variety of sectors can use. The center, part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, has also proposed building blocks for continuous monitoring and trusted geolocation.
Consumer groups are concerned that mobile analytics firms are helping retailers track the location of customers throughout their stores. But Seth Schoen, senior staff technologist at Electronic Frontier Foundation, isn't criticizing retailers or their analytics vendors. Instead, the blame goes much further back.
Cellphone tracking helped bring a 13-year manhunt for the largest drug smuggler from Mexico to the United States to an end Feb. 22. U.S. law enforcement officials tracked cellphones used by Joaquin Guzman, "El Guapo," and his associates.
As retailers adopt more advances consumer tracking technology, a new platform unveiled Feb. 18 allows mobile device users to opt-out of being tracked by at least 11 mobile analytics firms.
Smartphones would have to be equipped with a "kill switch" to render them inoperable if they are stolen under a recently introduced Senate bill.
Drone strikes rely heavily on tracking cellphones, far more than they do on human intelligence, according to documents revealed by former intelligence community contractor Edward Snowden.
On Jan. 17 the Supreme Court accepted for review (.pdf) two cases – one federal and one state – involving mobile phone privacy and police authority. The two cases involve slightly different technology but in both cases cellphones were taken from the suspects at the time of arrest to be examined without a warrant.
The Homeland Security Department's "mobile car wash," a tool for vetting the security, accessibility and usability of mobile apps, can also be used to share code, said Keith Trippie, executive director, enterprise systems development at the Homeland Security Department. Trippie spoke Dec. 9 at an event in Washington, D.C.