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News Story
9/19/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO — The state campaign watchdog agency acted Thursday to require political campaigns to report when they pay people to post favorable or unfavorable content on blogs, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other social media sites. The state Fair Political Practices Commission acted out of concern that the public might be deceived into...
News Story
8/2/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
"My guess is this is seen as either a starting point or just enough to placate the more vocal proponents of privacy protections," said developer Steven Bristol. "I'd say it's more to placate than anything else." Legislation to ensure consumer privacy is needed, he suggested, because "Americans aren't very good...
News Story
7/30/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer groups are coming out against a new code of conduct for mobile app data collection. The first-draft initiative—composed by technology companies, consumer advocate groups and trade associations and revealed last week on NTIA’s website—is meant to boost transparency between consumers and app developers but advocates...
News Story
7/30/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The US National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has released a draft code of conduct for mobile apps, which has been criticised by consumer groups. If the guidelines are adopted, app publishers will need to provide short form notices telling consumers whether their data is being collected and how it’s being used. The...
News Story
7/29/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
After a year, an effort by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to facilitate the development of a voluntary code of conduct on mobile privacy has resulted in what is viewed as an unfinished product that is moving into the testing phase with the support of several leading industry and consumer organizations. The process...
News Story
7/26/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A proposed code of conduct for mobile app developers intended to make them explain how user data is collected and used does not have a clear enforcement mechanism,  one privacy advocate said. The code was negotiated this week by several trade groups and the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). While many...
News Release
7/25/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – A yearlong effort convened by the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Agency (NTIA) demonstrates the futility of crafting codes of conduct through a voluntary multi-stakeholder process and the way participants were asked their opinion of the proposed code makes a mockery of the effort,...
News Story
7/25/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of industry lobbyists and privacy rights advocates voiced support Thursday for new voluntary guidelines for mobile apps that should make it easier for consumers to know what personal information is getting sucked from their smartphone or tablet and passed along to marketers. The plan will likely provide a brief,...
News Story
7/25/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
This was not a good week for groups trying to hammer out voluntary privacy policies. A government-hosted multistakeholder group came close Thursday, but stopped short of agreeing on a voluntary code of conduct for how apps communicate to consumers which data they collect and share. Originally convened a year ago by the Commerce Department at the...
News Story
7/25/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Sample screens disclose what is collected and how it is shared (Source: NTIA) Updated with additional quotes and analysis ( (7/26/2013 1 PM ET)) A new voluntary code has been tentatively established to assure greater transparency in the types of information apps collect and how the information is used, but it’s not...