Thursday, February 23, 2012

Mobile Companies Google, Apple and Others Commit to Privacy Policy

Apple, Google, HP, Amazon, Microsoft and RIM have signed an agreement with the California Department of Justice to commit to new privacy protection procedures. The companies have agreed to allow customers to see privacy policies before they download an app, to display the policies in a consistent place, and to inform developers of requirements to protect consumer privacy. From the Wired article:
The announcement comes after a string of privacy and security snafus on multiple platforms. Most recently, the iOS version of the app Path came under fire for uploading and storing users’ address-book information without their consent. The Android platform has also been under fire for privacy andmalware breaches, and Amazon’s App Store has been under scrutiny for security concerns as well.


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