Tag Archive | Mobile Phones

Mastercard to Secure Mobile Payments with Geotagging

MasterCard, Syniverse To Secure Mobile Payments Abroad By Barry Levine, Newsfactor Business Report, February 25, 2014

Geotagging is a key aspect of the new, pay-when-you’re-abroad service planned by MasterCard and Syniverse, allowing mobile users to be authorized when they’re in a new country, as well as enabling appropriate data plans and marketing services. But it’s geotagging that knows your mobile device and your credit card are in the same place.

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FBI’s ‘Stingray’ Cellphone Tracker Stirs a Fight Over Search Warrants, Fourth Amendment – WSJ.com

By JENNIFER VALENTINO-DEVRIES, Wall Street Journal, September 22, 2011

For more than a year, federal authorities pursued a man they called simply “the Hacker.” Only after using a little known cellphone-tracking device—a stingray—were they able to zero in on a California home and make the arrest. Stingrays are designed to locate a mobile phone even when it’s not being used to make a call. The Federal Bureau of Investigation considers the devices to be so critical that it has a policy of deleting the data gathered in their use, mainly to keep suspects in the dark about their capabilities, an FBI official told The Wall Street Journal in response to inquiries.

For full text, visit FBI’s ‘Stingray’ Cellphone Tracker Stirs a Fight Over Search Warrants, Fourth Amendment – WSJ.com.

GSA expands outreach on helping federal agencies go mobile

By Alice Lipowicz, Federal Computer Week, Jun 23, 2011

The General Services Administration wants to help federal agencies go mobile with its new Making Mobile Gov project to raise awareness about using mobile devices to reach the public, a senior official announced. …

For full text of the article visit GSA expands outreach on helping federal agencies go mobile — Federal Computer Week.

FEMA’s Personal Localized Alerting Network Just Touches the Surface

Emergency Management Blog – Eric Holdeman, May 22, 2011

Yesterday’s announcement that cell broadcast alerts will be available soon in New York City just touches the surface of a comprehensive plan. FEMA, the FCC, the Mayor of New York and cellular company executives announced that a program called PLAN, Personal Localized Alerting Network, will be launched in NYC late this year. … A number of important points:

1. The word “launch” is important. What was announced was that new mobile devices shipped to NYC will soon be equipped to receive the alerts. That doesn’t mean that all mobile devices will receive them…only new ones from participating carriers. (Most major carriers are participants.) …

For full text of article, visit Personal Localized Alerting Network Just Touches the Surface.

Egypt Bans Commercial Use of GPS

Kate Lance forwarded the following:

Ban on commercial use of GPS in Egypt has consumers frustrated

Technology lovers and modern car owners in Egypt consider themselves unlucky because of a government ban on the usage of Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. Telecoms Law 10/2003 outlaws the import of GPS-equipped mobile phones, and retailers found selling them could lead to the confiscation of their entire stock. The same applies to any kind of commercial use of GPS technology, which includes cars equipped with GPS devices. Mobile phones like the Nokia N95, N82 as well as iPhones and some 3G phones are banned in Egypt, leaving the market deprived of the latest technology and features that are fast becoming standard in the new generation of mobile phones. GPS helps users navigate to their destination inside cities and in remote areas. It also functions as a guide for places of interest as well as hospitals, police departments and businesses.
Source: GIS Development; Daily News Egypt, 9 October, 2008

See also: Mobile handset makers urge to end GPS ban (June 2008)http://www.amcham.org.eg/publications/businessmonthly/June%2008/indepth(mobilehandsetmakersurgeendtogpsban).asp

Who’s tracking us through our cellphones?


Here are two stories in the news this past month regarding tracking the locations of mobile phones:


Is the Government Tracking Us Through Our Cellphones? Lawsuit Seeks Answers


By Matt Richtel


How widely is the U.S. government using cell phones to pinpoint the locations or track the movements of Americans, or people living on American soil?


In November 2007, the American Civil Liberties filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Department of Justice seeking records related to such tracking practices. The DOJ did not provide the requested information, the ACLU said.


And so Tuesday, the ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a lawsuit in federal court to try to force the DOJ to comply.


In a press release, the ACLU said that the information about how and how often the government tracks Americans using cell phones needs to come to light to determine if the efforts are unconstitutional.


The ACLU said it filed the initial data request after media reports showed that some government officials were claiming not to require “probable cause” of a crime being committed before getting court permission to do real-time tracking of cell phones.


Source: Matt Richtel, New York Times Bits Blog, July 1, 2008


For full text of the article: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/07/01/is-the-government-tracking-us-through-our-cellphones-lawsuit-seeks-answers/index.html?ref=technology



Attorney Patrick Mueller forwarded the following story:


Northeastern University researchers observed the travel patterns of 100,000 cell phone users without their consent for a physics study published yesterday, says an Associated Press report. The study tracked individuals by noting which cell phone towers picked up their signals when they made or received calls or text messages over a period of six months. Co-author of the study Cesar Hidalgo said that knowing people’s travel patterns can benefit society in terms of designing better transportation systems and fighting diseases. But some say this type of nonconsensual tracking is troubling. “There is plenty going on here that sets off ethical alarm bells about privacy and trustworthiness,” said Arthur Caplan of the University of Pennsylvania.


Source: Seth Borenstein, Associated Press, June 4, 2008


For full text of the article: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080604.wgtcellstudy0604/BNStory/Technology/

See also: http://www.geoplace.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=&nm=&type=Publishing&mod=Publications%3A%3AArticle&mid=8F3A7027421841978F18BE895F87F791&tier=4&id=8F161EEEB3F947659F77EBDB4BE86377

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