Items tagged with code-of-conduct

On Friday, we learned that the mobile industry has developed a short-form notice for mobile apps that tells users if the app is collecting their data and in what areas (i.e., phone call and text logs, location data, and so on) that would appear before app download begins. The program is currently voluntary and being tested, and although on the surface it seems like a step forward for consumer protection, some industry consumer rights groups are opposed to it. Jeffrey Chester of the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) told us that, with respect to all the work that the industry put into the plan,... Read more...
We download mobile apps like it’s nothing; Apple and Google’s respective app stores each hit the 50 billion download mark recently, after just a few years each in the business. Yet mobile apps are, as Natasha Singer of the New York Times calls them, Trojan horses of sorts. We let them into our lives and onto our devices without really knowing what sort of information they might extract and what parties they might send it to. The mobile industry, app developers, and associated advocacy groups, led in part by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), have... Read more...