Some people spend more time with their smartphones than with their friends. This attachment to technology has a number of implications, and not just for a person’s social life. This week the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held that the government can compel a cellphone company to turn over phone location data without establishing probable cause. The court found that location data was admissible as a business record. Elsewhere, Justice Department lawyers asked the Supreme Court to consider a First Circuit Court of Appeals decision that held that police need a warrant to search the contents of a cellphone. Access and security are also on the minds of app developers, who are focusing on making sure phones have proper security protection.   

Technology and the Workplace
Survey underscores gap in employer/employee BYOD privacy expectations (Employer Handbook)
As Work Habits Change, Software Makers Rush to Innovate (NYTimes)
Twitter transparency report shows growing government demand for data (WashPost)
How to Actually Get a Job on Twitter (Atlantic)
Is The Way To Tech Workers' Loyalty Through Their Stomachs? (NPR)

Technology and the Law
Appeals Court: No Warrant Needed for Phone Location Data (WSJ)
Judges Ask Supreme Court to Take On Cell-Phone Searches (WSJ)
Apple has China labor problems-again (CBS)
Court Holds That Employer Did Not Have "Possession, Custody or Control" of Text Messages Sent or Received on its Employees' Personal Cell Phones (Employer Law Report)
Carjacking goes digital, 'white hat' hackers demonstrate (NBC)
There's an App for That
Norton, McAfee tackle user privacy in Android mobile security apps (LATimes)
Office available on Android phones, but not tablets (WashPost)
Google debuts free Zagat site, apps (CNN)
4chan's Founder Opens Up About His New Drawing App (Forbes)
Are America's bridges safe? New app for reporting infrastructure problems (Yahoo)

Topics:  Fourth Amendment, GPS, Mobile Devices, Smartphones, Technology, Telecommunications, Warrantless Searches, Warrantless Tracking

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