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New Jersey Feds Call Grand Jury Investigation Into Smartphone Apps

Federal prosecutors in New Jersey have called for a grand jury investigation to determine whether or not smartphone apps have been illegally gathering and spreading users' personal information. According to the Wall Street Journal, federal authorities are looking into whether or not app manufacturers properly disclosed the kinds of personal information their apps collect from users, and whether...

Tyler Clementi's Parents Urge Prosecution, But Also Leniency

The parents of Tyler Clementi -- the 18-year-old Rutgers student who committed suicide last year after his classmates secretly recorded and streamed video of him having sex -- said yesterday that they want his former roommate Dharun Ravi's invasion of privacy case prosecuted, though they do not want him to receive "harsh punishment." His parents hope that the invasion of privacy charges will un...

'Sexting' Teens Avoid Child Porn Charges Under N.J. Bill

The New Jersey Assembly passed a bill yesterday that essentially decriminalizes teen 'sexting,' by allowing the courts to send teens to a diversionary program, rather than strapping them with a criminal record. As sexting among teens grows increasingly popular -- the bill's sponsor, Assemblywoman Pam Lampitt, notes that 20-percent of teens surveyed have sent explicit images -- the legislation c...

NJ Cop Thinks Parents Should Steal Their Kids' Facebook Passwords

Parents everywhere can now hack into their kids' Facebook accounts without feeling even an ounce of guilt -- because a cop in New Jersey says it's okay. Mahwah Police Chief James Batelli recently told NBC New York that all parents should use keystroke-logging spyware to keep tabs on every site their children visit, and every status or photo they post to Facebook. "When it comes down to safety a...

New Jersey Bill Would Let Sexting Teens Avoid Child Pornography Charges

It seems that when little Johns and Janes hit that certain age when their bodies begin to undergo some changes, their thumbs start compulsively pressing the shutter buttons of their cell phone cameras, capturing themselves in various states of undress. These puberty-addled souls then feel compelled to send these photos to various friends and love interests, throwing parents and lawmakers into a ti...

New Jersey Passes 'Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights' to Combat Cyberbullying

Yesterday, both houses of the New Jersey state legislature passed an 'Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights,' just a few months after 18-year-old Rutgers student and cyberbully target Tyler Clementi committed suicide. The bill, which is now awaiting the signature of Governor Chris Christie, would require most public school employees to take training courses on how to pick up on cyberbullying, while forc...

Visa Program Lets You Buy Transit Tickets with Your Smartphone

In June, MasterCard announced plans to begin testing a smartphone payment system for mass transit commuters in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area. Now, the credit card company is reportedly allowing nemesis Visa into the venture, as well. As Reuters reports, the joint program will allow commuters to wave their credit or debit cards over electronic readers to purchase tickets, in lieu of...

New Jerseyans to Stop Getting White Pages, Can Request CD-ROM

The White Pages' chronic illness might have been diagnosed in New York, but the phone book crawled to New Jersey to die. Regulators in the Garden State have given Verizon the okay to stop printing the residential listings. The company will still deliver print copies of the Yellow Pages, as well as government and information listings, but residents who still want the old-school, ink and paper White...

NJ High Schoolers Organize Protest Walkout on Facebook

After Governor Chris Christie proposed widespread cuts in funding for New Jersey's educational system, one former New Jersey high school student took it upon herself to organize a statewide walkout, via Facebook. Eighteen-year-old Michelle Ryan Lauto, a student at Pace University, created a special event on Facebook calling for all students to take to the streets in protest during regular scho...

FBI Launches 'BanditTracker' Site to Hunt Robbers in NY and NJ

Traditional wanted posters found in post offices across the nation take significant investments of time and effort to produce and distribute. Yet, outside of the Ten Most Wanted list, the FBI has not made significant use of the Internet to distribute notices about fugitives. Now, however, the message is beginning to emerge with the gradual rollout of BanditTracker. The system debuted in 2007 w...

New Jersey Bans Texting While Driving

The seeds of driving safety are being planted in the Garden State. Tomorrow marks Day 1 when talking on a cell phone without a hands-free headset or texting while driving becomes a primary offense in the state of New Jersey. This means police can pull over a driver for the phone-related infraction alone, instead of having to wait for another violation to occur -- such as speeding or driving wi...