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FCC Proposes $14.4M in Forfeitures for Lifeline Violations

October 1, 2013 10:37 am | News | Comments

After a lengthy review of the FCC's Lifeline program, which offers mobile phones to low-income consumers, the FCC late yesterday proposed more than $14.4 million in forfeitures against five wireless Lifeline service providers who apparently violated the commission’s Lifeline rules.

Experts: AZ Firefighter Probe Shows GPS Need

September 30, 2013 10:11 am | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

From the triple-digit temperatures the day before to the gusty winds that kicked up in a matter of hours, nearly every detail leading up the June deaths of 19 Arizona firefighters has been painstakingly spelled out by investigators. Even though they say proper procedure was followed...

FCC Mulls Requiring Carriers to Report Disaster Reliability

September 27, 2013 10:14 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The FCC late yesterday issued a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) which aims to improve wireless network reliability during disasters by requiring wireless service providers to publicly disclose the percentage of cell sites within their networks that are operational during and immediately after disasters.

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Hackers Claim Bypass of iPhone Touch ID Lock

September 23, 2013 9:36 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The biometrics segment of the German hacking group the Chaos Computing Club (CCC) says it has successfully broken through Apple's Touch ID fingerprint security on the iPhone 5S. In a post on the CCC's website, the group says a fingerprint of the phone user, photographed from a glass surface...

Apple's iOS 7 Grabs Attention for New Security Feature

September 19, 2013 10:12 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple's new iOS 7 operating system has seen favorable reviews and now policy makers are praising it for its security features. In a press release Thursday, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman released this joint statement...

Facebook, Yahoo Want to Disclose FISA Orders Data

September 10, 2013 9:29 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Facebook and Yahoo asked a secret court Monday to allow them to disclose data on national security orders the companies have received under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The two tech companies filed separate, similar motions Monday with the secret court that oversees that law.

Report: NSA Cracked Most Online Encryption

September 6, 2013 8:53 am | by Jack Gillum, Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Security Agency, working with the British government, has secretly been unraveling encryption technology that billions of Internet users rely upon to keep their electronic messages and confidential data safe from prying eyes, according to published reports based on internal U.S. government documents...

From the Magazine: The Growing Issue of Wireless Privacy

August 27, 2013 1:04 pm | by Elliot Drucker | Articles | Comments

Recent unauthorized disclosures regarding the extent of National Security Agency (NSA) cellphone data gathering have a lot of Americans wondering just how much privacy we can expect in our personal communications. Perhaps even more significantly, the flap over NSA activities gives rise to a much broader...

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UK Bars Trash Cans from Tracking People with Wi-Fi

August 13, 2013 10:18 am | by Raphael Satter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials demanded Monday that an advertising firm stop using a network of high-tech trash cans to track people walking through London's financial district. The Renew ad firm has been using technology embedded in the hulking receptacles to measure the Wi-Fi signals emitted...

Thai Police Seek to Monitor Chat App for Crimes

August 13, 2013 10:15 am | by Thanyarat Doksone, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thai police asked the operator of the popular "Line" instant messaging app for access to records of online chats, raising concerns about intrusive surveillance despite promising only suspected criminals would be targeted. Technology Crime Suppression division chief Pisit Paoin said Tuesday...

Friday Flick: Herzog Takes on Texting While Driving

August 9, 2013 10:32 am | Videos | Comments

Acclaimed director Werner Herzog takes on texting and driving in this gut-wrenching documentary. Sponsored by AT&T, this film is a must watch for anyone with a car and cell phone. While the temptation to look at your phone while behind the wheel might be great, the results of doing so can be tragic. 

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)...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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