Tag Archives: mobile apps

FTC Issues Report on Mobile Payments

Last Friday, the Federal Trade Commission released a report, Paper, Plastic…or Mobile?, on the use of mobile payments.  The report follows a workshop hosted by the FTC in April 2012 that explored innovative mobile payment products and services, the potential benefits offered by mobile payments, and the concerns they raise.  For purposes of the report, mobile … Continue Reading

Rep. Johnson Releases Discussion Draft of Mobile App Privacy Bill Following NTIA’s 8th Meeting Concerning a Voluntary Code of Conduct

On Friday, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) released a discussion draft of a bill for mobile privacy. Named the Application Privacy, Protection and Security Act of 2013 (“APPS Act”), the bill would obligate app developers to disclose to users the terms and conditions around the collection, use, storage, and sharing of user data. Additionally, the bill … Continue Reading

FTC Enters into Consent Order with Mobile Application Developers for Fair Credit Reporting Act Violations

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission entered into a consent order with two companies alleged to have operated as consumer reporting agencies, by providing criminal record reports through mobile applications, without complying with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).  The consent order represents the FTC’s first FCRA case involving mobile applications.  According to the FTC’s complaint, Filiquarian … Continue Reading

Key Takeaways from the California AG’s Mobile Apps Report

Yesterday, California Attorney General Kamala Harris continued her efforts to promote privacy best practices in the mobile app ecosystem by issuing a number of recommendations in her report, “Privacy on the Go.”  The report encourages app developers, platform providers, ad networks, OS developers, and even mobile carriers to incorporate privacy by design into their products … Continue Reading

California AG Will Reportedly Release App Privacy Guide

Politico is reporting that California Attorney General Kamala Harris will release a report containing privacy recommendations for key players in the mobile app ecosystem (including developers, advertisers, and others).  The report could be released as early as this week.  As we have noted elsewhere, Harris has made mobile privacy a key priority for her office.  … Continue Reading

FTC Releases Second Report on Mobile Apps Directed To Children

The Federal Trade Commission released today its second report on mobile apps directed to children.  The report, which follows up on an analysis that staff conducted in February 2012, examined the privacy disclosures of hundreds of kid-directed mobile apps and tested the apps’ practices against these disclosures to determine if the disclosures were accurate and complete.   Staff found the results … Continue Reading

Delta Sued for Failure to Provide In-App Privacy Policy

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has made good on her promise to get tough with mobile app makers that fail to provide privacy policies in their apps.  Yesterday, her office sued Delta Airlines for violating the California Online Privacy Protection Act (“CalOPPA”), which requires providers of websites and “online services” to conspicuously post privacy policies … Continue Reading

California AG Puts Mobile App Developers on Notice

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has formally warned 100 app developers that their apps are not in compliance with the California Online Privacy Protection Act (OPPA).  Harris has given these developers 30 days to come into compliance by “conspicuously post[ing] a privacy policy within their app that informs users of what personally identifiable information about … Continue Reading

Mobile Device Tracking Bill Introduced

A new bill introduced by Rep. Ed Markey, titled the Mobile Device Privacy Act, would require mobile device sellers, manufacturers, service providers, and app offerors to disclose to consumers the existence of any monitoring software.  Monitoring software is defined as “software that has the capability to monitor the usage of a mobile device or the … Continue Reading

FTC Releases Privacy Guide for Mobile Application Developers

The Federal Trade Commission has released a guide, Marketing Your Mobile App: Get It Right from the Start, to help mobile application developers comply with truth-in-advertising standards and privacy principles.  Although the guide is informal and not binding guidance, it does represent helpful FTC commentary.  The guide notes that a one-size fits all approach is not workable since … Continue Reading

NTIA Privacy Multistakeholder Group Discusses Process, Substance

Privacy stakeholders gathered today at NTIA to once again discuss how the group might move forward in developing a code of conduct for mobile app transparency.  While no decisions were made, the group identified a number of topics that would be appropriate to tackle early in the process.  There also appeared to be consensus among … Continue Reading

NTIA Releases Notes from First Privacy Multistakeholder Meeting; Announces Next Meeting Dates

As noted in our coverage of the inaugural Privacy Multistakeholder Meeting, NTIA promised to release meeting notes and the results of informal polls taken during the meeting.  This information is now available on NTIA’s website, and includes notes in document format and images of the flipcharts used during the meeting. Additionally, NTIA has encouraged stakeholders … Continue Reading

Recapping the NTIA Multistakeholder Meeting

Yesterday marked the inaugural Privacy Multistakeholder Meeting at the Department of Commerce, hosted by the National Telecommunication & Information Administration (“NTIA”).  The meeting brought together representatives of technology companies, advertisers, consumer groups, and  other stakeholders for a discussion of mobile application transparency and the process for future discussions and meetings.  While the meeting did not … Continue Reading

Company Releases Industry Guidelines for Mobile App Advertising

Mobile security firm Lookout has issued guidelines to help mobile ad providers and app developers standardize privacy practices for app-based mobile ads.  According to Lookout Chief Technology Officer Kevin Mahaffey, the guidelines are intended to provide guidance about what constitutes “acceptable behavior” in the mobile ad ecosystem, and to “fix this problem before it gets … Continue Reading
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