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FCC Issues Declaratory Ruling on CPNI

June 27, 2013 1:44 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Amid the firestorm set off by Edward Snowden's leaked information about the NSA's surveillance programs, the FCC Thursday took action to protect the privacy of consumers wireless service by clarifying its customer proprietary network information (CPNI) policies...

BlackBerry Launches MDM Product for Android, iOS

June 25, 2013 9:52 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

BlackBerry today launched Secure Work Space for iOS and Android, which extends BES10 capabilities to separate work and personal apps and data on iOS and Android devices. The BES10 server software is free to download, with annual client access licenses for Secure Work Space running $99 per year per device. BlackBerry said BES10 is also available as 

Privacy Debate Rages as FCC Takes up Mobile CPNI Rules

June 24, 2013 4:49 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The operators right now are in a bit of a bind when it comes to recent revelations of the NSA's surveillance program. They're bound by law to cooperate with the government and most likely legally bound not to discuss the program. The best they can do is offer up the party line, which to this point has been that their customers' privacy...

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Obama Relying on Untested Oversight Board on NSA

June 19, 2013 9:26 am | by Stephen Braun, Associated Press | News | Comments

The obscure oversight board that President Barack Obama wants to scrutinize the National Security Agency's secret surveillance system is little known for good reason. The U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has operated fitfully during its eight years of low-profile existence...

Google Asks US Secret Court to Lift Gag Order

June 19, 2013 9:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google on Tuesday sharply challenged the U.S. government's gag order on its Internet surveillance program, citing what it described as a constitutional free speech right to divulge how many requests it receives from the government for data about its customers in the name of national security...

AT&T Rolls Out Emergency Alerts

June 17, 2013 10:43 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T this weekend started rolling out emergency alerts to customers using iPhone 5 and 4S. The alerts will come as a software update that includes Wireless Emergency Alerts. The messages are government-issued safety messages that include AMBER Alerts...

Report: VZW, T-MO Not Part of NSA Surveillance Program

June 14, 2013 10:45 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile may not have been required to particpate in the NSA's phone surveillance program. Citing people familiar with the matter, the Wall Street Journal today reported that the NSA may have exempted T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless from the program for their foreign ownership...

New AAA Report Suggest Hands-Free Tech Still Distracts

June 12, 2013 9:31 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Hands-free technologies may not be making using mobile devices behind the wheel any safer, according to a new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. According to the new findings, dangerous mental distractions exist even when drivers keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road...

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SF, NY Officials to Meet over Cellphone Thefts

June 6, 2013 9:58 am | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

Top law enforcement officials from San Francisco and New York plan to meet with some of the nation's largest smartphone makers next week to help thwart the rise in cellphone thefts and robberies. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman...

CTIA's John Walls: My Experience at the Boston Marathon

April 25, 2013 1:33 pm | by John Walls, Vice President of Public Affairs, CTIA | Articles | Comments

Like most of us, I use my wireless device every day—email, text, talk, “surf”. All of the usual stuff. But on the afternoon of April 15, my smartphone was transformed into the most precious and helpful tool I’ve ever needed, giving me invaluable connectivity to the world outside of the chaos surrounding me...

AVG Android App Hits 70M Downloads, Investors Cheer 1Q

April 25, 2013 10:58 am | News | Comments

AVG Technologies, which offers Internet and mobile security, is hitting a chord with Android users. The company said today that its flagship mobile product, AVG AntiVirus Free for Android has surpassed 70 million downloads on Google Play...

Carriers Deny Cell Shutdown Following Boston Bombings

April 16, 2013 10:14 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Wireless operators say they did not shut down cell service following the deadly bombings at the finsh line of the Boston Marathon yesterday. Amid the chaos and confusion immediately following the explosions, the Associated Press issued a report citing an unnamed source who claimed cell service had been terminated in the Boston...

Crisis Hotlines Turning to Text to Reach Teens

April 1, 2013 9:46 am | by Leanne Italie, Associated Press | News | Comments

They stream in from teens around the United States, cries for help often sent in by text message. "I feel like committing suicide," one text read. "What's the suicide hotline number?" Another asked: "How do you tell a friend they need to go to rehab?"...

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ZTE Taps Intrepidus for Smartphone Security

March 19, 2013 10:18 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Chinese smartphone manufacturer ZTE today said it is partnering with Intrepidus on providing security for its devices. ZTE said it seeks to become a "leader in smartphone security." As part of the agreement, Intrepidus will evaluate the security mechanisms of ZTE...

Monitoring Your Kids on Facebook? That's so 2009

March 18, 2013 10:42 am | by Anne Flaherty, Associated Press | News | Comments

Relieved your kids aren't posting embarrassing messages and goofy self-portraits on Facebook? They're probably doing it on Instagram and Snapchat instead. The number of popular social media sites available on kids' mobile device...

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...

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). 

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.

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