By Bill Mears, CNN Supreme Court Producer, September, 2011
Washington (CNN) — Information about how and when the government gathers and uses cell phone location data to track certain criminal suspects should be made available to the public, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. At issue was whether the Justice Department could be forced to release once-sensitive records from past cases, following a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said the public’s interest outweighed any privacy concerns raised by the government over their warrantless wiretapping.
For full text of article, visit: Court: Some data on government cell phone tracking should be public – CNN.com.
- Court: Make some phone tracking data public (cnn.com)
- FOIA Victory Will Shed More Light on Warrantless Tracking of Cell Phones (eff.org)
- Silicon Alley Insider: The Government Just Admitted For The First Time It Is Using Cell Phone Data To Track Your Location (businessinsider.com)
- Government Must Reveal Cellphone Tracking, Court Rules (techdailydose.nationaljournal.com)
By Amy Gahran, Special to CNN, September 22, 2011
(CNN) — In an emergency, do you know how to best use your cell phone to stay safe, informed and in touch? Recognizing that Americans have been getting mixed messages from many sources, this week the Federal Communication Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Administration teamed up to publish a new list of tips for communicating before, during and after a disaster. … For full text of the article, visit FCC, FEMA offer new tech tips for emergencies – CNN.com
- Will Irene kill cellphones again? (politico.com)
By Mark Milian, CNN, March 31, 2011 5:28 p.m. EDT
Santa Monica, California (CNN) — Google is working on a mobile application that would allow users to snap pictures of people’s faces in order to access their personal information, a director for the project said this week.
- CNN Calls B.S. On Google Denial Of Face Recognition (searchengineland.com)
- Google’s face-recognition app sounds great for stalkers (venturebeat.com)
- Planned Google app would identify faces (cnn.com)
- Google’s Facial Recognition App: Take My Photo, Get My Contact Info [UPDATE] (techland.time.com)
- Google Goggles for People: Google Working on Facial Recognition App (readwriteweb.com)
California high court: Retailers can’t request cardholders’ ZIP code
By Greg Botelho, CNN, February 10, 2011 9:43 p.m. EST
(CNN) — California’s high court ruled Thursday that retailers don’t have the right to ask customers for their ZIP code while completing credit card transactions, saying that doing so violates a cardholders’ right to protect his or her personal information. Many retailers in California and nationwide now ask people to give their ZIP code, punching in that information and recording it. Yet California Supreme Court’s seven justices unanimously determined that this practice goes too far. …
For full text of the story, visit California high court: Retailers can’t request cardholders’ ZIP code – CNN.com.
- California high court: Retailers can’t request cardholders’ ZIP code (cnn.com)
- My Zip Code is My Business, Not Yours, California (alligatorfarm.wordpress.com)
- Calif. Supreme Court to Retailers: Stop With the ZIP Code Questions (blogs.wsj.com)
- ZIP Code Questions At The Register: Court Rules On Side Of Consumer Privacy (huffingtonpost.com)
- California court rules against Williams-Sonoma (reuters.com)