Tag Archive: Lawmaker’s

California Lawmakers Mandating Energy Efficient Smartphone Chargers

Legislators in Sacramento, California are cracking the whip on smartphone makers that produce device chargers that are subpar in terms of energy efficiency. As the AP confirmed Friday, the California Energy Commission voted 3-0 on Thursday to “regulate the power-sapping chargers that waste as much as 60 percent of the electricity they consume.” The only objections to the move came from consumer product makers, as the mandate comprehensively covers cellphones, tablets, and practically any mobile  [Read More…]

Pressure Mounts from US Lawmakers to Block AT&T Takeover of T-Mobile

For several weeks, speculation about US lawmakers intervening in the proposed AT&T takeover of T-Mobile had largely died down. But this morning, Capitol Hill is buzzing with chatter of the pending $39 billion deal following yesterday’s impassioned comments from Sen. Herb Kohl, chair of the Senate’s Antitrust Subcommitteee. ”I have concluded that this acquisition, if permitted to proceed, would likely cause substantial harm to competition and consumers, would be contrary to antitrust law and not  [Read More…]

Lawmakers Encourage New Privacy Laws That Could Impact Apple

Click the image to open in full size. It now looks like those recent senate hearings on mobile security and consumer privacy may have actually served a bigger purpose than your run-of-the-mill political barking that comes without any real biting. On Friday, two members of a prominent US Senate subcommittee put forth their recommendations to Congress for new laws that could impact the likes of Apple, Google, and RIM. Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and  [Read More…]

US Lawmakers Take Aim at Apple over iPhone Location Tracking

Click the image to open in full size. If you’ve been hanging around MMi the last few days, you’re probably familiar with the rampant talk surrounding the recently publicized discovery that Apple keeps close, secretive tabs on where you and your iPhone go. As my colleague Phillip Swanson dished yesterday, security researchers have discovered the iPhone maintains a location log that includes longitudinal and latitudinal coordinates as well as a timestamp. Each time the  [Read More…]

US Lawmakers Pressure Apple to Pull DUI Checkpoints App

On Wednesday, four prominent US Senators" Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined forces to send a letter expressing "grave concern" to Apple. The four lawmakers are astonished that Apple would continue to permit the downloading of applications designed to notify motorists of where police commonly patrol in search of drunk drivers. As it turns out, these DUI checkpoint apps are quite popular, and a wide variety are currently available. One application the  [Read More…]

FTC Says It Will Investigate iOS In-App Purchases, Per US Lawmaker’s Request

Click the image to open in full size. On February 9th, we reported that US Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) reached out to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) questioning Apple’s "marketing practices of applications for Apple devices."Markey expressed his concern in a letter to FTC Chairman Jon Liebowtiz, citing examples of several accidental and costly in-app purchases, some of which were made by children playing with their mom or dad’s iPhone. As many will  [Read More…]