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Caitlin Fairchild

Web Producer Caitlin Fairchild is Nextgov's Web Producer. In her role, she writes about privacy, personal security and emerging tech, but also coordinates Nextgov's social media strategy. She has worked at Government Executive Media Group since 2011. Caitlin has previously written for Living Social, Washingtonian and Nellis Air Force Base. She is an alumna of The College of William & Mary.
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FCC Chairman Declines to Brief Congress About Location Data Controversy

January 15, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Rep. Frank Pallone, chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Monday requesting an emergency briefing. Pallone wanted to know what the FCC was doing to about mobile carriers' recently revealed practice of selling users' location data to...

Lawmaker Asks FCC for Emergency Briefing

January 14, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government may be shut down, but one lawmaker wants information from the Federal Communications Commission right away. What's so urgent? Mobile carriers continue to sell our location data. Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, sent an open letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai...

Yubico Creates Physical Security Key for iPhones

January 11, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Security experts have long established two-factor authentication as one of the best ways to keep your accounts secure—and a physical key can be part of that. Instead of entering a password and a code sent to a mobile device, you log in by plugging in the physical key to gain...

Senators Call For FCC Investigation of Phone Companies Selling Location Data

January 10, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Several lawmakers have responded to a recent Motherboard article detailing the extent to which telecom companies like AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile use and sell our location data. For the article, a Motherboard reporter paid a bounty hunter $300 and the phone number of a target to find. Using a service...

Some Android Users Can't Delete Facebook From Their Devices

January 9, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Looking to delete the Facebook app off of your phone? If you have certain kinds of Android devices, you might not be able to. It depends on the pre-install deal Facebook made with phone manufacturers, operating systems and mobile operators, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. Certain Samsung devices, for example, only let...

IBM Wants to Use Your Smartphone to Better Predict the Weather

January 8, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Many people use an app on their smartphones to check the weather forecast for the day. It turns out IBM will also be looking at your smartphone to do the weather forecasting. The Weather Company, a subsidiary of IBM, is working on a new system to boost the accuracy of...

Beware of Apple Support Phishing Scams

January 7, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Phishing phone calls pretending to be from Apple are on the rise, KrebsOnSecurity reports. The scam starts with an automated phone call, disguised with the company's logo, address and phone number. The call will warn of a security breach and ask the victim to call back using a 1-866 phone...

More Than 25 Million Passport Numbers Stolen in Marriott Breach

January 4, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Marriott has some good news and some bad news about the historic hack it suffered in November. The company originally estimated that 500 million people were affected, but an investigation conducted by a digital forensic team slimmed that number down to 383 million customers, CNET reports. Despite the reduced victim...

FCC Shuts Down

January 3, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Communications Commission will shut down the majority of its operations Thursday due to the ongoing partial government shutdown. Most agency activities will cease and the majority of employees will be furloughed, according to the FCC's notice posted on Wednesday. Fewer than 20 percent of employees will continue working,...

FCC Approves Google's Motion Sensor Tech

January 2, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google hopes one day its users will be able to simply wave their hands through the air to control their mobile devices. And now the Federal Communications Commission is making this goal possible, Reuters reported Tuesday. The technology behind this goal is better known as Project Soli. Google's Advanced Technology...