Check out the hottest mobile IT news for August 5, including the apparent lack of transparency in shopping apps, a jailbreak on the latest iOS software, a changing of the guard in handset manufacturers, the three most innovative wearables not named Glass and added features to the Facebook Messenger standalone app.
On its face, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's formal complaint against T-Mobile last Tuesday alleges that the telco charged customers for unnamed data content provided by third parties, that those customers never consented to or more likely, never actually received. It goes on to allege that the carrier pocketed as much as 40 percent of those overcharges.
High-profile data breaches at Target, Neiman Marcus, and most recently Experian, have received the attention of federal agencies, Congress and state legislatures and state attorneys general. Consumers are fed up with the lax information security approaches of major companies and that unhappiness is being felt in government at all levels.
Identity theft remains the top online concern of the general public, though the degree to which it is feared may have eased a bit.
Google's chief internet evangelist, Vint Cerf said in a speech given before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) last week that "privacy may actually be an anomaly." Apparently he doesn't think privacy a basic human right, but rather an "anomaly" created by the industrial revolution. Therefore, reverting to a state of no privacy at all for citizens might be a natural thing. Though his argument sounds convincing, his premise is completely wrong.
A complaint filed this week with the Federal Trade Commission by a children's advocacy group could signal a new push to hold app developers accountable for their marketing proclamations. The complaint from Boston-based Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood alleges that seven iOS apps marketed by toy maker Fisher-Price and another eight built by Slovakian developer Open Solutions falsely claim to teach infants spatial skills, numbers, language or motor skills, arguing that there is no conclusive scientific evidence to substantiate those assertions.
Recently, big data became a household name when the NSA's use of it sparked a huge conversation over consumer privacy.
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, urging the agency to investigate carrier efforts to offer secure consumer experiences across devices running Google's open-source Android mobile operating system.
The Federal Trade Commission has filed eight different complaints against 29 defendants charged with collectively sending more than 180 million unwanted text messages to consumers promising prizes including gift cards to big-box retailers including Target, Walmart and Best Buy.