Written by administrator on August 15th, 2012
Federal court OKs warrantless cell phone tracking by police
News from CNET:
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit says that criminals cannot “complain” when police use a device’s features to catch them.
August 15, 2012 10:45 AM PDT
A federal court has ruled that warrantless cell phone tracking by police is legal.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit yesterday ruled (PDF) that law enforcement officials were within their legal right to track Melvin Skinner, an alleged drug trafficker, through his cell phone before his arrest in 2006. According to court documents, law enforcement officials were able to use the GPS feature on Skinner’s cell phones to track his whereabouts and eventually arrest him.
According to the court, Skinner was convicted of two counts of drug trafficking and another of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Soon after, he appealed the conviction, saying that it violated his Fourth Amendment rights, protecting citizens against unreasonable search and seizure. Judge Rogers, one of the two judges in the three-judge panel to rule in favor of the decision, disagreed with Skinner’s argument.
Retailers to allow shoppers to pay with their cellphone
News from Fox News:
A bevy of big-name retailers including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Best-Buy Co. and Target Corp., are teaming up to create a company that will give customers another way to make purchases: with their cellphones.
The businesses said Wednesday that the new company, Merchant Customer Exchange, is developing a mobile application that will be available for nearly any smartphone. The app is expected to integrate a variety of coupons, rebates and loyalty programs.
With the announcement, retailers are entering an already crowded arena where different industry groups are jockeying for position on the smartphone screen, which everyone expects will be the new way to pay.
Among the competitors is Internet giant Google Inc., which already has a smartphone payment app in use on some Sprint phones. Three of the biggest cellphone companies – Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile USA – have a competing platform. Payment networks Visa and MasterCard each have their own designs and apps. Square, a startup, recently struck a deal to become the cellphone payments processor for Starbucks. PayPal, eBay’s payment service, is on cellphones, too.
Retailers have a strong position in the arena, since they can decide which forms of payment to accept.
“As merchants, no one understands our customers’ shopping and payment experience better than we do, and we’re confiden…………… continues on Fox News