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More US than Europeans Drivers Are on the Phone

March 15, 2013 9:31 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Distracted driving is more widespread in the U.S. than in Europe, according to a study released Thursday that surveyed drivers about their cellphone and texting habits. More U.S. drivers reported talking on their cellphones behind the wheel than their counterparts in seven European countries...

FTC Issues Mobile Privacy Guidelines

February 4, 2013 9:42 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The FTC has issued a set of guidelines for mobile application developers. While not legally binding, the new rules were released on the same days as regulators announced a settlement with social network provider Path...

FTC Wanders Down the Wrong Path

February 1, 2013 5:06 pm | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

Friday’s announcement of Path’s settlement is illustrative of the way regulation works when you're trying to safeguard consumers from technology that the regulators themselves don't understand. It's also the way regulation works when you're trying to drum...

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Shriek! Texts on Missing Kids Startle Cell Users

February 1, 2013 10:51 am | by Tami Abdollah, Associated Press | News | Comments

The next time a child is abducted near you, your cell phone may shriek to life with an alert message. A new national Amber Alert system officially rolled out earlier this month to millions of cell phones, and because the alerts are automatically active on most newer phones, the messages...

Man Files Lawsuit Against LinkedIn

January 2, 2013 10:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Pittsburgh-area man has filed a federal lawsuit against the networking company LinkedIn, claiming that it must tell him who put his name, personal cell phone and personal email on the site. Rick D. Senft, president of Passavant Memorial Homes, claims in the...

FCC Launches Online Mobile Security Tool for Consumers

December 18, 2012 10:44 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In its on-going push to improve mobile safety and security, the FCC today launched a new online tool to help consumers protect their mobile devices. The new site allows users to pick their platform (Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows)...

Wireless Amber Alerts Move to WEA Program Dec. 31

December 14, 2012 10:36 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Wireless Amber Alerts will migrate over to the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) program at the beginning of 2013. CTIA, The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and Syniverse announced today that on December 31, 2012, the Wireless Amber Alerts program will end operations...

Carriers Commit to Text-to-911 Initiative

December 7, 2012 9:43 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

All four major U.S. carriers have agreed to accelerate the availability of text-to-911, with major deployments expected in 2013 and a commitment to nationwide availability by May 15, 2014. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced initiative as part of an agreement with the Association of Public Safety (APCO). 

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BlackBerry 10 Lands Security Certification

November 8, 2012 6:05 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While still months from launch, Research In Motion’s forthcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system has met key government security standards.

Huawei, ZTE Deny Spying Before Congress

September 14, 2012 5:35 am | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two major Chinese technology companies on Thursday denied allegations that some of their equipment is designed to facilitate spying, but struggled to convince U.S. lawmakers that they are independent from the dictates of Beijing's communist government.

Survey: Cell Phone Users Concerned about Privacy

September 6, 2012 7:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Many cellphone users say they have decided not to use an app on their phone because of concerns about privacy.

It's Official: Obama Signs Spectrum, Public Safety Bill

February 24, 2012 6:59 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

The bill includes a number of items pertaining to the wireless industry.

Apple, Google Agree to Privacy Pact

February 23, 2012 7:16 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Six top tech companies have signed on to privacy guidelines for mobile applications that will provide consumers with more information about how their personal information is being used...

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FTC Survey Probes Kids' Apps, Safety

February 17, 2012 7:21 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is looking to protect the privacy of kids and teens, a tech-savvy, although vulnerable demographic...

The Consumerization of IT: Preventing a Security Nightmare

February 15, 2012 11:21 am | by Steve Durbin, Information Security Forum | Articles | Comments

Unfortunately, many of today's most popular mobile phones and tablets weren't designed from the start as business tools and therefore do not offer the level of security comparable to present-day desktop and laptop computers.

Path's Misstep Prompts Apple Probe

February 15, 2012 7:10 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

User privacy and the security of electronic data continues to be of concern in Washington, D.C. Energy and Commerce Committee ranking member...

Path CEO Apologizes for Storing User Contact Info

February 9, 2012 7:00 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Managing user data and privacy on social networks is tricky business as the mobile-centric "personal network" Path found out.

Android Market Beefs Up Security at the Door

February 3, 2012 7:18 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Google is beefing up security at the doors to its Android Market, with a new beta product code-named "Bouncer," ...

The State of Mobile Malware

January 3, 2012 2:00 pm | by Kevin McNamee, Kindsight Security Labs | Articles | Comments

There is no doubt that mobile malware has been in the news a lot recently and most of the headlines make it sound like it is a significant and ever growing problem.

Full Ban on Driver Calls Could Be Tough to Enforce

December 16, 2011 6:32 am | by Matt Sedensky, Associated Press | News | Comments

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A driver in the next lane is moving his lips. Is he on a hands free cell phone? Talking to someone in the car? To himself? Singing along to the radio? If lawmakers follow

Research Shows Hands-Free Phones Just as Risky

December 15, 2011 6:09 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — When someone is talking to you, your brain is listening, processing and thinking about what's being said — even if you're in the driver's seat trying to concentrate on traffic. That's why drivers get distracted during cell

NTSB Calls for Broad Ban on Device Use While Driving

December 14, 2011 5:34 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) yesterday issued a call for the first ever nationwide ban on driver use of personal electronic devices (PEDs), which includes cell phones, while operating a motor vehicle. The safety recommendation specifically calls for the

Mobile Malware & the Looming Security Storm

December 3, 2011 2:07 pm | by Maisie Ramsay | Articles | Comments

With many smartphones being equipped with the computing power of old laptops, security is becoming an increasingly important part of the wireless landscape as hackers and spammers turn their attention to mobile.

Lafayette Tracks Workers with Satellite System

November 23, 2011 5:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lafayette city-parish government's new satellite vehicle tracking system has begun identifying employees in public vehicles who speed, fail to use their seat belts and drop by their homes during work hours.

Android Prime Malware Target, says McAfee

November 21, 2011 7:10 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Spammers and hackers continued to make Android their primary target last quarter...

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