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Federal appeals court rules cellphone location data requires warrant

The Fourth Amendment, which requires that warrants be issued when there's probable cause and protects against unreasonable searches and seizures, also extends to cellphone location data, ruled (pdf) the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals June 11. "We hold that cell site location information is within the subscriber's reasonable expectation of privacy. The obtaining of that data without a warrant is a Fourth Amendment violation," the court said in  USA v. Quartavious Davis.

CFPB seeks information about mobile banking impact on low-income consumers

As mobile banking increases in popularity, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is looking into how mobile technologies impact underserved consumers who have little access to traditional banking systems.

Industry survey: Federal agencies providing more employee mobility, telework opportunities

But despite these gains, only 56 of federal IT managers believe their agencies are taking full advantage of mobility, according to the industry-sponsored survey.

FCC takes steps to protect major users of wireless mics from interference

The Federal Communications Commission recently took steps to ensure that major concert venues, theaters, convention centers, theme parks and others that use wireless microphones won't be drowned out.

Transition to IP challenges emergency communication operations, says FCC CTO

With 70 percent of all 911 calls now originating on a mobile phone, analog landline phones pose a major challenge for emergency communication operations in several ways, said the Federal Communications Commission's chief technology officer.

Report: More federal execs going virtual for training and events

The impact of federal conference and travel spending scandals over the past few years appears to be playing out as a shift to digital. After four-years of steady decline, more federal executives are now attending online webinars than in-person conferences.

HHS updates AIDS website to be mobile-compatible

The Health and Human Services Department updated two its online AIDS services so they're compatible on mobile devices. AIDSinfo recently updated its AIDSinfo website and the Spanish-language infoSIDA sites. They are now automatically optimized for display across all devices, including desktop computers, tablets and smartphones, a National Institutes of Health statement says.

VA official: Communication critical in mobile deployments

When the Veterans Affairs Department introduced participants in its family caregiver program to a host of health management applications and even gave them iPads, it wasn't expecting to have some of the devices shipped right back.

Text-to-911 goes live

Residents of some U.S. cities are now able to contact emergency personnel at 911 through text message. On May 16, the Federal Communications Commission-backed program went became available on a limited basis.

Employee mobile devices could be destroyed, then reimbursed under NASA's BYOD policy

Under a bring your own device policy undergoing final approval at NASA, agency employees who opt in to the program may have to surrender their devices should they become compromised. "There could be the possibility that a device will have to be destroyed depending on what was on it," said John Sprague, enterprise applications service executive within NASA's office of the chief information officer.