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Mobile App Privacy Policies Mandated

We should start seeing mobile apps provide privacy policies which outline exactly what data is collected, stored, and transmitted back to the mother ship soon, thanks to an agreement between the California Attorney General’s office and mobile companies including Google, Apple, Microsoft, RIM, Amazon, and Palm. This is great news even if you don’t live in California, since most app stores will most likely comply with this nation-wide rather than special-casing California. Admittedly, very few people actually READ privacy policies, but this level of transparency has two major benefits: First, having a privacy policy forces a company to think through and communicate exactly what data it collects and the conditions under which that information will be shared. Once this...

Mobile App Privacy Policies Mandated
posted on: Feb 22, 2012 | author: privacycast

Mobile Device Privacy Act – Draft Legislation Would Require Disclosure of Wireless Monitoring...

The other legislative shoe has finally dropped. Following multiple letters from congressional privacy leaders about Carrier IQ, Congress finally proposed draft legislation that would require wireless companies to disclose any and all tracking of customers. The bill is named “The Mobile Device Privacy Act” and was introduced in the U.S. House on Monday, January 30th 2012. This bill would require that companies secure informed consent from users prior to any collection or transmission of personal information, and transmission of data to third parties would require approval from the FTC and FCC, setting a surprisingly high bar. The bill’s sponsor, Representative Edward Markey (D-MA), said in a statement on his Web site that “consumers have the right to know and...

Mobile Device Privacy Act – Draft Legislation Would Require Disclosure of Wireless Monitoring
posted on: Jan 30, 2012 | author: privacycast

Smartphones Provide Backdoor to Governments According to Leaked Memo (Including RIM, Nokia, and Apple)...

UPDATE 1/11/2012: Evidence is mounting that the memo referenced in this article is likely a hoax. Reuters reports that, “military and cyber-security experts in India say the hackers may have created the purported military intelligence memo simply to draw attention to their work, or to taint relations between close allies India and the United States.” Apple has specifically denied the report; though their denial was suspiciously specific about the Indian government. (PrivacyCast would have been more comfortable with a blanket denial.)  Cybersecurity researcher Christopher Soghoian linked to an internal memo of India’s Military Intelligence agency in a tweet yesterday. The memo, which was “liberated” by hackers, states that “in exchange for the Indian market presence” smart phone manufacturers (including RIM, Nokia, and...

Smartphones Provide Backdoor to Governments According to Leaked Memo (Including RIM, Nokia, and Apple)
posted on: Jan 9, 2012 | author: privacycast