AT&T Mobility is shutting down its location-based "Alerts" text-message-based marketing program at the end of the month and plans to release an updated version of the service later this year.
The National Security Agency and its British counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters, have been targeting smartphone applications as part of a years-long surveillance effort to gather data such as a smartphone users' locations and the unique identifying characteristics of their phones, according to documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
AT&T is shuttering part of its advertising network that had allowed advertisers to deliver ads based on the behavior of AT&T's mobile subscribers. Instead, the company is focusing on tracking subscriber behavior via its U-verse TV service and other internal platforms.
The National Security Agency has the ability to hack into and access user data on smartphones running software from Apple, Google and BlackBerry, according to a report from German newspaper Der Spiegel.
We may all be sick of the phrase "dumb pipe"--as in, "how do operators avoid becoming one?"--but that doesn't mean the question has necessarily been resolved. If anything, operators are more concerned than ever about how to remain relevant as the over-the-top (OTT) players continue to broaden their scope.
The FCC voted to require wireless carriers to protect and safeguard subscribers' information that sits on their smartphones and other mobile devices.
The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of customers of a Verizon Communications subsidiary, according to a top-secret court order issued in April that was uncovered by The Guardian.
The FCC will vote later this month on new rules that clarify how carriers can use their customers call data and to ensure the the data is better protected.
If you are an American and own a cell phone, your location, demographics and activities are probably already for sale to anyone with the cash to buy that data.
Developers were as shocked as their customers to discover they are getting personal information from every everyone who purchases an Android app in the Google's Play store last week, and they are demanding the company change its policies.