FCC Fines Chinese Firm $35M for Selling Cell Jammers
The FCC today levied a fine of $34.9 million against a China-based company for marketing and selling illegal cell signal jammers in the U.S. The FCC says CTS Technology marketed some 285 different types of signal jammers to U.S. consumers through its web site. Some of the devices, created to interfere with cellular, WiFi, and GPS signals at distances of up to 0.5 miles, were sold to undercover FCC agents posing as consumers and shipped from China to the U.S. Signal jammers represent a danger to the public and first responders, as they can prevent people from placing emergency calls and can otherwise disrupt essential communications. The FCC first notified CTS Technology about is violations in 2014 and has attempted to contact the company numerous times. Even though the FCC has used official channels, CTS has not responded to any of the allegations. CTS has 30 days to pay the $34.9 million fine.
Senators Want FCC to Investigate, Regulate Stingrays
Oct 6, 2016
A number of senators have asked the FCC to look into law enforcement's use of stingrays to see if the tool puts the public at risk, and also to see if stingrays unfairly target minority groups. Stingrays masquerade as cell towers in order to collect location and other data from phones in a given area.
FCC Hits Sprint with Nominal Fine Over Emergency Services
Sep 24, 2015
The FCC today levied a $1.18 million fine against Sprint for its inability to properly handle emergency calls made through its wireless Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS). According to the FCC, Sprint's IP CTS system was unable to accept or handle emergency calls for a period of six months in mid-2014.
Border Patrol Agents Cannot View Your Cloud Data
Jul 14, 2017
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are not allowed to access or view consumer data that is stored in the cloud, such as social networks and email.
Essential Cans Plans for New Phone, Puts Itself Up for Sale
May 24, 2018
Essential Products is for sale, reports Bloomberg, and has cancelled plans to develop a new phone. The company has hired a financial firm in order to help advise it on a potential sale, according to Bloomberg's sources, who also say Essential has already received interest from one possible buyer.
iOS 12 to Give 911 Precise iPhone Location During Emergencies
Jun 18, 2018
Apple today said iPhones will soon provide 911 emergency services with more exact locations of callers. Since 2015, Apple has relied on HELO (Hybridized Emergency Location), which uses cellular, GPS, and wifi access points to estimate 911 callers' locations.
The FCC has undercover agents?