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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.

CFPB seeks information about mobile banking impact on low-income consumers

As mobile banking increases in popularity, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is looking into how mobile technologies impact underserved consumers who have little access to traditional banking systems.

Mobile tracking self-regulation failing, say federal officials

Government efforts to encourage industry to follow best practices for consumer protection in using mobile tracking technology have failed to this point due to their voluntary nature, said officials during a June 4 hearing.

VA official: Communication critical in mobile deployments

When the Veterans Affairs Department introduced participants in its family caregiver program to a host of health management applications and even gave them iPads, it wasn't expecting to have some of the devices shipped right back.

Cellphone conversation interception grows more accessible as policy debate lags

As the technology for intercepting cellular communications becomes cheaper and more accessible, law enforcement and intelligence agencies need to open up about the security vulnerabilities that allow for interception, says a forthcoming article from the  Harvard Journal of Law and Technology.