Government Enforced Privacy Rules For Apps

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Image: hldataprotection.com

After a year of attempts, a government proposal has been created that aims to enforce strict privacy rules for app developers. If passed into law, the proposal would make developers release what data they collect and how it is used.

“The US government’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration today issued its first draft of what will be a mobile apps code of conduct intended to better protect consumers and their privacy. If made final, policy states that publishers must provide consumers with “short-form” notices in multiple languages informing them of how their data is being used [...]

Just so that there’s no doubt about what “data” means, the government entity specifically says it includes biometrics, browser history, phone or text log, contacts, financial info, health, medical, or therapy info, location, and user files …”
— TNW

There is no telling how long it might take for the proposal to be turned into law, if ever, and the process at this point is voluntary so there is no requirement for developers to comply. We can only hope that the pressure from the public and adoption of the policies outlined by the proposal will be followed by the large developers, which might then incite change toward a safer mobile user experience.

Posted on July 27, 2013 and filed under App Industry.