CTIA Opposes California Law that Would Protect Consumers
CTIA The Wireless Association has voiced its members' opposition regarding California State Bill 1434, which would require law enforcement to obtain a warrant before requesting that wireless providers track their customers. The law would also require that network operators create a searchable database detailing when and how often law enforcement requests such data. The law is meant to prevent law enforcement from tracking consumer location information without a warrant except in certain emergency cases. The CTIA and members such as AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless, believe the law "may create confusion for wireless providers and hamper their response to legitimate law enforcement investigations. In addition, the provider reporting requirements create unduly burdensome and costly mandates on providers and their employees and are unnecessary as they will not serve wireless consumers." California S.B. 1434 has yet to go to vote.
Apple Watch Series 3 Supports Carriers' One Number Calling and Messaging
Apple this week announced the Apple Watch Series 3 with an optional cellular radio. The LTE radio makes it possible for the smartwatch to connect to cellular networks on its own, without a nearby iPhone.
U.S. Carriers Create Mobile Authentication Taskforce
Mobile operators in the U.S. today said they will work together to help customers more easily manage app and account authentication while also protecting consumers' privacy and identity.
Apple Refreshes the Apple Watch with LTE
Apple today updated its smartwatch with several new features. Notably, the Apple Watch Series 3 gains an optional LTE radio for connections when phones aren't around or available.
ENCRYPT Act Aims to Stop States from Banning Encryption
Lawmakers in California and New York want to ban the sale of encrypted mobile devices, but two members of Congress are fighting back. Reps.