The truth about the collection and use of eReceipts and mobile payment data

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Mobile payments and eReceipts are primed and ready to become widespread, but as this is a brand new technology and technique, many people are wondering how the data collected from their devices in order to perform those transactions will be used by retailers and merchants. The traditional online marketplace, with its e-commerce, email marketing, and other forms of online advertising, are now considered to be technologies that have matured, and standard privacy practices are in place to help regulate them. There had been a wrench thrown into the works by…

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Google cedes to European privacy regulators and boosts Wi-Fi router security

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After a notable battle, Google has bowed to the rules laid down by European privacy regulators with an announcement that it would be providing residential Wi-Fi router owners worldwide with the option to take their devices off a Google registry that is used for locating mobile phone users. This new option follows a warning issued by the European regulators almost four months ago, which stated that it violated European law to use Wi-Fi router data to collect information regarding the locations, identities, and names of mobile phones within their range.…

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U.S. courts wrestle with legality of using mobile device location data to track criminals

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Congress and courts across the country are working to understand the balance between a criminal’s right to privacy and the need of law enforcement to be able to locate criminals, as they debate over the use of global positioning systems (GPS), which are a technology commonly found in most new mobile phones and other devices, for tracking criminals. In Maryland, U.S. District Judge Susan K. Gauvey, has denied federal authorities a warrant that they were seeking in order to locate a suspect through the use of the GPS data in…

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Apple faces iPhone lawsuit from 27,000 South Koreans over privacy issues

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Approximately 27,000 iPhone using people in South Korea are taking part in a class-action lawsuit in a local court against the mobile device’s manufacturer, Apple. The lawsuit states that because the iPhone collects and stores information about the user’s location without his or her express consent, Apple is invading the user’s privacy. According to a filing by the firm representing the plaintiffs, Mirae Law, the lawsuit was filed against the South Korean division of Apple, as well as its headquarters, and is seeking damages of 1 million South Korean won…

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Ensuring security in a future of mobile commerce

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As the number of mobile phones such as smartphones, tablets, and other always-on communication devices become more affordable and more common, the mobile commerce environment is equally on the rise, with all of the security risks that are attached to it. After years of popularity of the internet through standard desktop and laptop PCs, businesses are finally understanding that the walls of their physical brick-and-mortar location no longer define their boundaries. Instead, organizations are extending outward in order to achieve greater agility and flexibility so that they can obtain a…

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“Certain circumstances” allow a smartphone to be tracked by the NSA

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A National Security Agency (NSA) lawyer has announced that the department is capable of tracking citizens in specific situations using smartphone location data, and that it will be providing further details into this fact in the near future. Users of smartphones have been voicing concerns about having their movements followed and, as it turns out, they weren’t entirely being paranoid. Matthew Olsen, general counsel of the National Security Agency, spoke at a hearing, discussing the rights of the government to obtain and use this information. Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon…

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Obama administration considers privacy protection for teens

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More than a dozen advocacy groups for privacy and child protection have requested that the Obama administration include adolescents into the recommendations it makes for privacy protection within this year’s white paper. This was only one of the two primary requests made by the groups in a letter that was issued to the Commerce Department, Justice Department, the White House, and the Interagency Subcommittee on Privacy and Internet Policy co-chairs for the National Science and Technology Council at the White House. These groups include the American Academy of Pediatrics, the…

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Location based ads threatened by newly proposed law

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Senator Al Franken has sponsored a new bill that could lead to consequences for the location-based advertising marketplace which is only just beginning to get off the ground. Joined by Senator Richard Blumenthal in sponsoring this proposed litigation, Franken’s bill would necessitate that businesses obtain specifically expressed consent from mobile device users before data regarding their locations can be collected from their devices. Moreover, it would mean that these businesses would also need to obtain the user’s consent before the collected data may be shared with a third party such…

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