Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
APC Free White Paper
Optimize your network investment &
Enter to win a Samsung Galaxy Note

www.apc.com
Applications
24/7/365 Network Uptime
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Mobile App Privacy Code Still Up In The Air
Mobile App Privacy Code Still Up In The Air

By Nancy Owano
July 26, 2013 11:53AM

    Bookmark and Share
"We don't agree completely with all of the elements of the code. . . However, this Code of Conduct empowers consumers and provides an important roadmap for developers to create 'short form' privacy notices for consumer apps," said Software & Information Industry Association President Ken Wasch.
 



If companies agree to comply with the U.S. telecom agency's draft mobile app privacy code of conduct, you may soon know who wants to collect information from your smartphone apps. Does that mean each time you are asked to state your ZIP code or age, you will get to know if the information is being sent to marketing third parties? Yes -- maybe

The voluntary privacy code, issued in Washington Thursday, was designed to assure better transparency in the types of information that mobile apps collect and use.

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), which advises the White House on telecom and information policy issues, Thursday released news of a draft voluntary code for app developers to raise the bar on transparency.

Go Forth and Test

This code of conduct for mobile applications was hammered out after NTIA meetings seeking guidelines from industry and consumer groups about telling consumers what information an app collects and how that information is used.

Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling issued the statement on Thursday, referring to this "multistakeholder process" to develop the first privacy code of conduct aimed at improving disclosures on mobile devices.

"NTIA is pleased that today a diverse group of stakeholders reached a seminal milestone in the efforts to enhance consumer privacy on mobile devices. We encourage all the companies that participated in the discussion to move forward to test the code with their consumers," he said.

Corks are still on the bottle, though. The code of conduct is still in tentative mode. Companies are being encouraged to test the code out. In the absence of any official adoption, it would be difficult to say which companies will actually abide by the terms.

Developers and publishers that would choose to abide by the code would be accepting the practice of a "short form notice" code of conduct revealing the kinds of information being collected and by whom -- whether by, for example, ad networks, carriers, data resellers, government entities, operating systems and platforms, and social networks.

The data types disclosed would include biometrics, browser history, phone and text logs, contacts, financial data, medical information, user files and location.

ACLU Support

While the code is voluntary, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) issued its own statement on Thursday to say they support the code, "as a modest but important step forward for consumer privacy."

The code effort gives consumers a tool to pick the most privacy-friendly applications, said Christopher Calabrese, legislative counsel at the ACLU's Washington Legislative Office. (continued...)

1  |  2  |  Next Page >

 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



APC has an established a reputation for solid products that virtually pay for themselves upon installation. Who has time to spend worrying about system downtime? APC makes it easy for you to focus on business growth instead of business downtime with reliable data center systems and IT solutions. Learn more here.


 Applications
1.   Hangouts Now More Biz Friendly
2.   Oracle Releases a Slew of Upgrades
3.   China Puts Microsoft Under the Lens
4.   Rhapsody Hits 2 Million Subscribers
5.   Salesforce App Personalizes the Sale


advertisement
China Puts Microsoft Under the Lens
Official anti-monopoly probe launched.
Average Rating:
Salesforce App Personalizes the Sale
New CRM and sales automation tools.
Average Rating:
Cisco Woos More Devs with DevNet
To create new network-aware apps.
Average Rating:


advertisement
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Tor Internet Privacy Service Warns Users It Was Breached
You may never have heard of the Tor Project, but the Internet privacy service is making headlines. Tor’s devs say users might be victims of an attack launched against the project earlier this year.
 
Canadian Government Charges China with Cyberattack
The government of Canada is not happy with China. Canadian officials have accused "a highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored actor" of launching a cyberattack on its National Research Council.
 
Researchers Working To Fix Tor Security Exploit
Developers for the Tor privacy browser are scrambling to fix a bug revealed Monday that researchers say could allow hackers, or government surveillance agencies, to track users online.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
AMD's ARM-Based Opteron Out in $3K Dev Kit
It's dubbed "Seattle" and it's AMD's first 64-bit ARM-based Opteron processor. The low-power chip is being released as part of AMD’s Opteron A1100-series developer kit, and aimed at high-end data center needs.
 
Apple Updates MacBook Pros, Cuts Prices Up to $100
The popular MacBook Pro laptop line just got an update and a price cut of as much as $100. The MacBook Pro with Retina display now includes faster processors and double the memory.
 
Dell, BlackBerry Not Sweating Apple-IBM Alliance
IBM's recent move to partner with Apple to sell iPhones and iPads loaded with corporate applications has excited investors in both companies, but two rivals say they are unperturbed for now.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Virgin Mobile Offers Custom Smartphone Plans
As the wireless carrier wars continue heating up, Virgin Mobile just threw the customization coal onto the fire. The firm has debuted a no-annual-contract plan with rates based on individual use.
 
Collaboration Provider Asana Revamps Mobile App
Asana, a collaboration software provider started by a Facebook founder, is now out with a rebuilt native iOS mobile app. It replaces one that even the company admits was not up to par.
 
FTC Wants Fix for 'Perfect Scam' of Mobile Cramming
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has issued new guidelines to curb “mobile cramming,” a troublesome practice that adds unauthorized third-party charges to mobile phone bills.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.