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Consumer Rights Groups Take Issue With NTIA Code of Conduct For Mobile Apps 31

Posted by timothy
from the click-here-if-you-didn't-read-the-above dept.
MojoKid writes "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, he doesn't believe the new code of conduct will actually do much for consumers. "The process ignored the actual mobile app business practices, and refused to engage in the testing that's required," he said. "Words on a small screen--even if better than long and hard to find privacy policies--doesn't mean anything unless we know it tells users: one, what data is actually collected and how it is to be used, and two, whether they will see it in the first place.""
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Consumer Rights Groups Take Issue With NTIA Code of Conduct For Mobile Apps

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  • by hsmith (818216) on Sunday July 28, 2013 @03:59PM (#44407953)
    But in reality, a tiny sliver of individuals will ever read this. It would be more useful if it were in the App Stores or a screen on the device you could easily find to get the info. It will be another "EULA" which people just hit "Accept" for
  • Android (Score:4, Informative)

    by surmak (1238244) on Sunday July 28, 2013 @04:03PM (#44407977)

    Android already does this. The OS has a set of permissions available for apps (get location data, use camera, access internet, etc.) These permissions are displayed to the user when the app is installed, giving the user the chance to reject the app if the permissions are unacceptable.

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