Uber Updates Privacy Policy

This policy describes the information Uber collects, how it is used and shared, and user controls regarding this information. There is also Uber’s Privacy FAQs, which highlight key points about the privacy practices.  Uber has provided more information about how users can control what is collected and how the location data is used, retention period, and an explanation of the latest products and services.

Read Uber’s Privacy Policy Here

Google stops challenging most US warrants for data on overseas servers

Google has quietly stopped challenging most search warrants from US judges in which the data requested is stored on overseas servers, according to the Justice Department. The revelation, contained in a new court filing to the Supreme Court, comes as the administration of President Donald Trump is pressing the justices to declare that US search warrants served on the US tech sector extend to data stored on foreign servers.

Google and other services began challenging US warrants for overseas data after a federal appeals court sided with Microsoft last year in a first-of-its-kind challenge. Microsoft convinced the New York-based 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals…

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Police use of ‘StingRay’ cellphone tracker requires search warrant, appeals court rules

A device that tricks cellphones into sending it their location information and has been used quietly by police and federal agents for years, requires a search warrant before it is turned on, an appeals court in Washington ruled Thursday. It is the fourth such ruling by either a state appeals court or federal district court, and may end up deciding the issue unless the government takes the case to the U.S. Supreme Court or persuades the city’s highest court to reverse the ruling.

The case against Prince Jones in 2013 involved D.C. police use of a “StingRay” cell-site simulator, which enables law enforcement to pinpoint the location of a cellphone more precisely than a phone company can when triangulating a signal between cell towers or using a phone’s GPS function…


Read more from the Washington Post Here

Holly Bobo Trial: Defense refocuses on Britt as possible killer, cell phone data

Day nine of the Holly Bobo trial opened with heated exchanges between prosecutors and a witness called by the defense.

Zach Adams is on trial for the alleged kidnapping, rape, and murder of Holly Bobo on April 13, 2011. His defense team, led by Jennifer Thompson, has maintained his innocence, attempting to shift reasonable doubt that another man could be responsible for Bobo’s murder. Agent John Walker testified about his communication with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) based on his experience tracking people based off cell phone data.

Walker says he traced the data from from Holly Bobo’s phone the day of her disappearance, mapping out and driving her potential path. It was based on this data that Walker says he told TBI Agent Dicus and others in 2012 they should be searching for Holly’s body north by the freeway, the same area where her remains were ultimately found…

Full article from Fox17 Nashville Here

Verizon ‘in talks’ with Canadian carriers about flaky signal

Steve Van Dinter, Great Lakes Market spokesman for Verizon, said the Federal Communications Commission told the company to turn down its local signal strength after Canadian cell carriers took issue with American signals bleeding over the border.

He said the carrier had to comply with the order in December 2016, or face a “substantial” fine.

“Typically, we will see coverage (shift), especially in areas like the Midwest where you’ve got a lot of spring and summer foliage. (It is a) season difference,” Van Dinter said.

According to the FCC, the U.S. and Canada have agreements in place to cover use of radio frequencies along the border with the intent of licensees being able to provide coverage while avoiding interference. Most agreements require licensees not exceed signal limit from cell towers at the border unless both agree to specific conditions.Neither Verizon nor the FCC disclosed what that signal limit was. However, Van Dinter said that is what they’re working on.

Read more from The Times Herald here