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Tech Industry: Obama's NSA Reforms 'Insufficient'

January 20, 2014 9:24 am | by Barbara Ortutay, Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

Technology companies and industry groups took President Barack Obama's speech on U.S. surveillance as a step in the right direction, but chided him for not embracing more dramatic reforms to protect people's privacy and the economic interests of American companies that generate most of their revenue overseas.

NSA Phone Data Control to Come to End

January 17, 2014 9:51 am | by Julie Pace, AP White House Correspondent | News | Comments

Seeking to calm a furor over U.S. surveillance powers, President Barack Obama on Friday will call for ending the government's control of phone data from hundreds of millions of Americans and require intelligence agencies to get a secretive court's permission before accessing the records, a senior administration official said.

Woman to Testify Against Google Glass Citation

January 16, 2014 8:57 am | by Julie Watson, Associated Press | News | Comments

A California woman believed to be the first cited for wearing Google's computer-in-an-eyeglass while driving says she was within her rights and violated no law. The case to be tried Thursday in a San Diego traffic court could help shape future laws on wearable technology as it goes mainstream.

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Officials: Obama Likely to OK Phone Record Changes

January 15, 2014 9:05 am | by Julie Pace, Kimberly Dozier, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is expected to endorse changes to the way the government collects millions of Americans' phone records for possible future surveillance, but he'll leave many of the specific adjustments for Congress to sort out, according to three U.S. officials familiar with the White House intelligence review.

FCC Begins Process to Review Rules for In-Flight Wireless Services

January 14, 2014 10:20 am | by Angela E. Giancarlo and Howard W. Waltzman | Articles | Comments

On December 12, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) officially launched its proceeding to consider a proposal that would permit airlines to install equipment on aircraft that could expand the availability of in-flight wireless services to passengers.

US Spy Court: NSA to Keep Collecting Phone Records

January 6, 2014 9:28 am | by Kimberly Dozier, Stephen Braun, Associated Press | News | Comments

A secretive U.S. spy court has ruled again that the National Security Agency can keep collecting every American's telephone records every day, in the midst of dueling decisions in two other federal courts about whether the surveillance program is constitutional.

Snapchat Says to Make App More Secure

January 3, 2014 8:43 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Snapchat says it plans to put out a more secure version of its application following a breach that allowed hackers to collect the usernames and phone numbers of some 4.6 million of its users. The disappearing-message service popular with young people said in a blog post late Thursday...

Texting, Dialing While Driving Raises Crash Risk

January 2, 2014 9:05 am | by Marilynne Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

A sophisticated, real-world study confirms that dialing, texting or reaching for a cellphone while driving raises the risk of a crash or near-miss, especially for younger drivers. But the research also produced a surprise: Simply talking on the phone did not prove dangerous, as it has in other studies.

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Report: NSA Intercepting Hardware, Faking Base Station Signals

December 30, 2013 9:37 am | by Raphael Satter, Associated Press | News | Comments

A German magazine lifted the lid on the operations of the National Security Agency's hacking unit Sunday, reporting that American spies intercept computer deliveries, exploit hardware vulnerabilities, and even hijack Microsoft's internal reporting system to spy on their targets.

DOT Seeking Ban on In-Flight Cell Phone Use

December 13, 2013 2:53 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Transportation is weighing in on the possiblity that cell phones could be allowed on planes. In a statement, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx acknowledged the FCC's recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), which suggests the issue isn't a technological one. 

FCC Moves to Put Airlines in Pilot Seat on In-Flight Device Use

December 12, 2013 4:42 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

"Let me say up front that, I get it. I don’t want the person in the seat next to me yapping at 35,000 feet any more than anyone else," wrote FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler in a statement discussing today's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for new policies governing in-flight cell phone use. 

FCC Levies More Fines Against Lifeline Violators

December 11, 2013 2:39 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The FCC Wednesday proposed nearly $44 million in fines against three companies that it says violated commission rules protecting the Lifeline program against waste, fraud and abuse. The Lifeline progam provides cell phones and service to low-income consumers. 

German Prosecutor: Still Weighing NSA Probe

December 11, 2013 9:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's chief federal prosecutor says he hasn't decided whether to open an investigation into alleged surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency but is suggesting that he's skeptical. Prosecutor Harald Range's office has been considering since June whether it has grounds to investigate reports of NSA surveillance in Germany, which later included allegations that Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone was monitored.

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Tech Firms Vie to Protect Personal Data, Profits

December 10, 2013 9:30 am | by Marcy Gordon and Michael LIedtke, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Even as Silicon Valley speaks out against the U.S. government's surveillance methods, technology companies are turning a handsome profit by mining personal data and peering into people's online habits. The industry's profit machine has become tarnished by revelations that the National Security Agency trolls deep into the everyday lives of Web surfers.

ACLU: Law Enforcement Getting Unfettered Access to Mobile Devices

December 9, 2013 11:06 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

As major tech companies petition the White House for data collection reform, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Monday released a press release that highlights the rising number of law enforcements requests for cell phone subscriber data in 2012. 

Report: NSA Tracks Billions of Cellphones Daily

December 5, 2013 11:22 am | by Kimberly Dozier, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

The National Security Agency tracks the locations of nearly 5 billion cellphones every day overseas, including those belonging to Americans abroad, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.The NSA inadvertently gathers the location records of "tens of millions of Americans who travel abroad" annually, along with the billions of other records it collects by tapping into worldwide mobile network cables...

Dim Traffic Sensors Dull How 'Smart' Freeways Are

November 25, 2013 9:36 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

California's highways aren't as smart as they used to be. Buried under thousands of miles of pavement are 27,000 traffic sensors that are supposed to help troubleshoot both daily commutes and long-term maintenance needs on some of the nation's most heavily used and congested roadways.

If Gov't Backs In-Flight Calls, Will the Airlines?

November 25, 2013 9:30 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission might be ready to permit cellphone calls in flight. But what about the airlines? Old concerns about electronics being a danger to airplane navigation have been debunked. And airlines could make some extra cash charging passengers to call a loved one from 35,000 feet. 

Wireless Week's Top 25 Headlines of 2013: Check out 25-21!

November 21, 2013 3:14 pm | Videos | Comments

In this five part video series, Wireless Week editors Andrew Berg and Ben Munson will count down the top headlines of 2013. Be sure to catch each installment, as we make our way through all the biggest news events from the past year!  

Who's Watching Google Glass?

November 20, 2013 10:17 am | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

Chalk it up to a recent reading of Dave Eggers' satirical novel The Circle, but I'm skeptical of Google Glass for more than reasons of style. I can hear the cries of Luddite as I write this, but I'm wondering to what extent we really want to live in a world where EVERYTHING can potentially be recorded. 

Supreme Court Rejects Plea to Look at NSA Program

November 18, 2013 9:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court is refusing to intervene in the controversy surrounding the National Security Agency, rejecting a call from a privacy group to stop NSA from collecting the telephone records of millions of Verizon customers in the United States.

Report: AT&T Rakes in $10M a Year from C.I.A for Phone Records

November 7, 2013 9:58 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The C.I.A. pays AT&T over $10 million a year for phone records, according to a report from the New York Times, which cites government officals. The agreement is part of a voluntary contract between AT&T and the C.I.A. and does not involve the subpoenas or court orders which would traditionally compell an operator to comply with such an request. 

Friday Flick: Stop Watching Us!

October 25, 2013 10:05 am | Videos | Comments

Edward Snowden revealed the true extent of the NSA's massive surveillance program. The United States government now has access to essentially all forms of electronic communication, from texts to emails and voice calls. Check out this statement from some well-known names in the whistle blower community, as well as a few celebrities. 

AirWatch Chairman Knows Need is Still Strong for MDM

October 17, 2013 8:55 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Alan Dabbiere said “mobile is death by a thousand cuts” at his keynote Wednesday at MobileCon. Serving as chairman of AirWatch, enterprise mobility provider, Dabbiere had plenty more to say about mobile device management (MDM) and enterprise mobility management (EMM).

From the Magazine: Centrify CEO Tom Kemp on Samsung KNOX Making Security Easier in the Enterprise

October 15, 2013 1:11 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

When Samsung made its KNOX security software available to all during the announcement of its Galaxy Note 3, the enterprise already understood the benefits. It comes down to Samsung’s partnership on KNOX with Centrify, a California-based identity management firm. 

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