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5/15/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog praised Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) for introducing a bi-partisan bill that would increase consumer privacy protection on mobile devices. According to a release, the bill, H.R. 1913, is known as the Application Privacy, Protection and Security (APPS) Act of 2013. Among its co-sponsors is Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH). The bill would...
News Story
5/10/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The mobile industry's efforts to convince lawmakers that self-regulation alone is the best way to address growing concerns over privacy-invading mobile applications appears to be running into some headwind. On Thursday, Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA) introduced new legislation that would require mobile application developers to provide clear...
News Story
5/10/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Georgia Democrat Hank Johnson today introduced a bill that would require app makers to present privacy policies to users before they collect any data from their mobile devices and to securely maintain the data they collect.  The bill — called the Application Privacy, Protection and Security Act, or Apps Act — essentially follows...
News Release
5/9/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON – Consumer Watchdog today praised Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) for introducing a bi-partisan bill that would increase consumer privacy protection on mobile devices.   The bill, H.R. 1913, is known as the Application Privacy, Protection and Security (APPS) Act of 2013. Among its co-sponsors is Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH).  The...
News Story
5/9/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The APPS Act would require app developers to obtain consent before collecting personal data New legislation introduced by a group of U.S. lawmakers would require mobile application developers to obtain consent from consumers before collecting their personal data and to secure the data they collect. The Application Privacy, Protection and Security...
News Story
4/30/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google once appeared headed for major clashes with regulators — in the United States or Europe, or both — as government officials sought to curb alleged abuses by one of the world’s most powerful and profitable technology companies. But the clouds over Google’s Silicon Valley headquarters have largely cleared over the past...
Blog Post
4/23/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
Google apparently is ending an egregious privacy breach involving people who buy apps from its Google Play store using Google Wallet to pay. Consumer Watchdog filed a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission with a copy to California Attorney General Kamala Harris about what Google was doing. The complaint  alleged that the Internet giant...
News Story
4/23/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The Federal Trade Commission is getting quite an earful over the pending July 1 implementation date for the updates to the children's online privacy laws. On Monday, a request for a six-month delay made recently by the Interactive Advertising Bureau and the Applications Developers Alliance turned into a war of letters, one from 19 privacy...
News Release
4/22/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – A coalition of six consumer and privacy public interest groups today praised Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W VA) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) for introducing a Do-Not-Track bill, which would charge the Federal Trade Commission with establishing standards by which consumers could tell online companies, including mobile...
News Story
4/22/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Privacy Groups Complain Progress Is Too Slow The Do Not Track privacy hearing called by Sen. Jay Rockefeller for Wednesday before the commerce committee is bound to feature some fireworks. That's because Rockefeller has shown himself to be no fan of the advertising industry's self-regulating Ad Choices program, which gives consumers the...