Review Category : Security News

Surveillance Blimps and Drones on Border Patrol

In the late 19th century, zeppelins were thought of as the flying machines of the future. Though time and a well-publicized explosion may have quelled those ambitious predictions, blimps and drones are once again poised for their moment in the spotlight, this time as the next wave of domestic surveillance platforms employed by the U.S. government.

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Surveillance in the News

Kathy’s Law Passed – Restraining Orders to be Strengthened with GPS Tracking

San Diego’s state assembly committee has passed a bill that would place GPS tracking devices on domestic violence offenders. The bill is named for Kathy Scharbarth, who was strangled outside her home last year by an ex-boyfriend a few days after she obtained a restraining order against him. Had the restraining order been enforced and monitored via a GPS tracker, Kathy would still be alive today. This bill also orders the tracked offender to pay all GPS service fees.

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Major U.S. Carriers Team Up to Prevent Cell Phone Theft

In a previous post, we wrote about thieves increasingly targeting smartphone owners — and the unwillingness of cell service providers to address the problem. We’re happy to report that the major carriers have finally agreed to do the right thing and are set to begin blacklisting stolen smartphones later this year.

So what does this mean for the average cell phone user?

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