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 would require apps to allow users to opt out of the service and delete personal data collected by the app. The Federal Trade Commission would head enforcement and state attorneys general could bring suits against those who violate the regulations promulgated by the FTC.
In drafting the bill, Johnson and his Web-based initiative, AppRights, held meetings with members of the Internet community, public-interest groups, app developers, and other industry stakeholders. AppRights stated: “Over the coming days, we will release helpful clarifications of the updated provisions of the APPS Act so that everyone is on the same page.” It is not yet clear when the bill will be introduced to Congress as possible legislation.