When it can’t legally force its way onto private systems, the NSA does its best to sneak in – case in point, a pilot program called Irritant Horn, that saw the NSA and its allies attempt to hijack the connection between a target smartphone and the Play Store (then called Android Market).
(Update: investigation details) Gemalto assures its SIM cards are safe following NSA security breach
As expected, Senator Patrick Leahy recently introduced a new Senate version of the USA Freedom Act. This version of the bill was negotiated heavily by the White House and Senate and will block a number of activities by the NSA.
88% of UK residents believe that their phones are tapped
Yesterday, the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit ruled that a warrant is required for cell phone location tracking since someone's cell phone location data is included as part of a person's reasonable expectation of privacy under the Fourth Amendment.