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Leaked Docs Give New Insight into NSA's Searches

August 1, 2013 10:31 am | by Raphael Satter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Documents published by the Guardian newspaper are providing new insight into the National Security Agency's surveillance of world data, giving an over-the-shoulder look at the programs and techniques U.S. intelligence analysts use to exploit the hundreds of billions of records they gather each year...

NTIA Unveils Transparency Code for App Developers

July 26, 2013 9:20 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A group comprised of technology companies, consumer advocate groups and trade associations, yesterday released the first draft of a new code for app developers aimed at increasing transparency. The code, which was posted online by the National Telecommnications and Information Adminsitration (NTIA)...

Apple Acknowledges Dev Site Breach, Promises Overhaul

July 23, 2013 11:00 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple today released a statement on the recently reported hacking of its developer website. Apple acknowledged that last Thursday, an intruder attempted to secure personal information of registered developers from the website...

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Britain to Review Huawei's UK-Based Cyber Center

July 18, 2013 4:48 pm | by Raphael Satter, Associated Press | News | Comments

One of Britain's most senior security officials has been assigned to review a cybersecurity center operated by Chinese company Huawei following concerns that the telecommunications firm — which is playing an increasingly large role in Britain's Internet infrastructure — can't be relied on to police its own systems...

Microsoft Asks Holder to Ease Gag on NSA Program

July 17, 2013 8:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder calling on him to personally review a gag order that prevents the company and others from further discussing secret national security requests for customer emails, Skype calls and documents stored on its servers...

Researchers Exploit Femtocell Vulnerability

July 15, 2013 11:11 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Data security firm iSEC Partners says it has successfully hacked a Verizon residential network extender, or femtocell. The company demonstrated the hack in a video posted to Reuters. The hack allows for the interception of phone calls and texts that are transmitted through the femtocell, which acts as a mini cell tower...

Merkel Urges Stronger Europe, Global Data Rules

July 15, 2013 10:32 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Sunday for tougher European and global rules on data protection amid fallout from recent revelations about U.S. surveillance programs. Merkel pledged that Germany will take a "very strict position" in ongoing talks on European...

Brave New World: OTTs Address Security, Privacy Concerns

July 9, 2013 4:29 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

Participants in the current debate over the NSA's surveillance programs seek a balance between security and privacy. While some argue that the government has overstepped its bounds, others say that the monitoring of communications is an essential tool for keeping the country’s citizens safe...

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Microsoft Wants to Disclose Data on FISA Orders

June 28, 2013 8:01 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Microsoft has asked a court to let it disclose data on national security orders the company has received under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Microsoft made the request in a motion filed June 19 with the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and unsealed this week...

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...

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...

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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...

Survey: Many Americans Say 'Big Brother' Is Here

June 13, 2013 9:29 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

There's little wonder why George Orwell's novel "1984" is seeing a resurgence in sales. More than half of Americans polled in a survey released Thursday said they agreed with the statement "We are really in the era of Big Brother." The survey from the University of Southern California was conducted last year...

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...

Is Big Data Turning Government into 'Big Brother'?

June 10, 2013 9:42 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

With every phone call they make and every Web excursion they take, people are leaving a digital trail of revealing data that can be tracked by profit-seeking companies and terrorist-hunting government officials. The revelations that the National Security Agency...

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...

Schumer Urges Look at Security in Sprint Deal

May 28, 2013 9:29 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Sen. Charles Schumer urged regulators to "use extreme caution" when reviewing the proposed acquisition of No. 3 cell carrier Sprint Nextel by Japan's Softbank, saying the Japanese company's use of Chinese networking equipment could open up U.S. networks to snooping and hacking...

Google's Products Dig Deeper into People's Lives

May 17, 2013 9:11 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

For Google CEO Larry Page, happiness is a warm computer. "Technology should do the hard work so people can get on doing the things that make them happiest in life," Page told a crowd of 6,000 software developers and entrepreneurs who flocked to San Francisco Wednesday for...  

Big 4 Cellphone Carriers Unite on Anti-Texting Ads

May 14, 2013 9:54 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The country's four biggest cellphone companies are set to launch their first joint advertising campaign against texting while driving, uniting behind AT&T's "It Can Wait" slogan to blanket TV and radio this summer. AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile will...

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...

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