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April 12, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais, Los Angeles Times
A state senator has introduced a bill to prohibit government entities from obtaining location information from cellphones without a warrant. State Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) proposed SB 1434, an amendment to the Penal Code, to clarify the use of information available on mobile phones. "Unfortunately, California's privacy laws have not kept up with the electronic age, and government agencies are frequently accessing this sensitive information without adequate oversight," he said in a statement.
March 5, 2013 | By Andrea Chang and Salvador Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
Despite a federal ban on unlocking cellphones that went into effect in January, the White House says consumers should be able to do so and has pledged to support legislation to make it legal. The Obama administration said Monday that consumers deserve the flexibility to unlock their phones and tablets, allowing them to use a device with a wireless carrier other than the one from which they bought it. Users unlock phones when they want to switch carriers or to use their mobile devices abroad without incurring massive roaming charges.
December 7, 2010
How in the world did Charles Manson get hold of a cellphone? Apparently the same way thousands of other inmates have. Cellphones, it turns out, are ubiquitous in California's correctional facilities. Guards have confiscated 8,575 of them this year, according to the California Department of Corrections, up from 1,400 in 2007. Manson is perhaps the best-known inmate to flout the rules, but the easy access to the outside world, unmonitored by officials, is a serious problem that extends well beyond one infamous criminal.
May 30, 2004
"The Cellphone Sellout" (editorial, May 25) and "Coming Soon: A Cellphone Directory" (May 20) wrongly imply that telemarketers are eager to use a soon-to-be-published national cellphone directory to sell their products and services. In fact, businesses actively avoid placing marketing calls to cellphones. Per the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, passed by Congress in 1991, it is illegal to market to any electronic device if the recipient incurs charges. New Federal Communications Commission rules went into effect earlier this year that allow land-line phone numbers to be ported to cellphones.
October 3, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Once they place a suspect under arrest, police in many parts of this country are allowed to search the contents of his or her mobile phone - including text messages, photos, video files and contacts - without a warrant. These searches can expose a wealth of personal detail that was inconceivable to the Supreme Court 40 years ago when it gave officers wide latitude to search people and their effects when taking them into custody. It's time for the court to adapt its doctrine to new technology.
June 1, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
About 1 million Little Tikes Chit N Chat toy cellphones, manufactured in China by Kids Station Toys International Ltd., are being recalled because the hinge on the cover can come off the phone, putting children at risk of choking. The Consumer Product Safety Commission and the company have received three reports of broken cellphones, including one report of a child starting to choke. The toys were sold at department stores, children's stores and drugstores around the country between June 2006 and March 2008.
August 23, 2010
Musicians have long sought to collect royalties from radio stations that broadcast their recordings, but the courts and Congress have refused to extend copyrights to recorded musical performances. Instead, copyrights cover just the compositions. Now, under pressure from top lawmakers, negotiators for broadcasters and record companies are closing in on a royalties deal that would require local stations to pay a fraction of their revenue — as little as $100 for small and noncommercial stations or as much as 1% for large commercial broadcasters — to labels and artists annually.
March 6, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Thousands of people die in car crashes each year because drivers were too distracted by their cellphones to pay attention to the road. A pair of researchers from West Virginia University have a radical proposal for reducing that death toll - equip cars with devices that make it impossible to send a text message, check your favorite traffic app or dial home while the car is in motion. “Simply stated, handheld portable devices must be rendered unoperable whenever the automobile is in motion or when the transmission shaft lever is in forward or reverse gear,” they wrote in a Viewpoint essay in Wednesday's edition of the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
May 16, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
What's the first thing passengers do when they land? Turn on their cellphones and make a call. Soon, passengers on some Virgin Atlantic flights won't have to wait for the plane to land. The British airline announced plans this week plans to allow passengers by the end of the year to make calls, send and receive text messages and emails, and get Web access on their cellphones on certain flights. Virgin Atlantic is not the first airline to offer cellphone service. Emirate Airlines and Malaysia Airlines, among other foreign carriers, have been offering the service for years.
April 6, 2013 | By Jimmy Orr
The state of California has several laws aimed at cracking down on drivers using cellphones, but it may all be for naught. Motorists seem to be ignoring these laws. A survey released Friday appears to back that up. Nationally, the number of people using cellphones or electronic devices while behind the wheel remained steady from 2010 to 2012, according to the poll released by the U.S. Department of Transportation. That means at any given time during the day, 660,000 people are using their cellphones in some way while driving.
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