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Teenagers and Mobile App Privacy

Aug 23, 2013

According to a new study from the Pew Internet Project, more than half f all U.S. teenagers are concerned about privacy when using mobile devices. The study, done in conjunction with Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, surveyed about 800 teens aged 12 to 17. Key findings in the report include: 58% of all [...]

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FTC Provides Limited “Safe Harbor” for Users of a “Do Not Track for Kids” Flag

Jul 31, 2013

The new Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) rule that went into effect earlier this month restricts almost all forms of tracking across child-directed sites other than for a set of limited “internal operations purposes.”  Child-directed sites are now strictly liable for any third party tracking on their sites that do not meet COPPA’s limited [...]

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Article on “Mobile Privacy Initiatives and Actions Creating a Patchwork Landscape”

Jul 26, 2013

Mary Ellen Callahan of the law firm, Jenner & Block, co-wrote an article with Associates Michael T. Borgia, David M. Didion and Sabrina N. Guenther that examines recent federal and state initiatives to define consumers’ privacy rights when they use mobile devices. The authors eloquently explain that various state and federal agencies have similar goals [...]

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NTIA User Interface Mockups

Jul 25, 2013

“I am pleased to support the NTIA Short Form Notice Code of Conduct,” said Jules Polonetsky, Executive Director of the Future of Privacy Forum. “A ‘food label’ type approach to a privacy notice will give consumers a standardized way to get key privacy information at a glance and will help consumers better understand how apps [...]

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Privacy “Fail” for Popular Health Apps

Jul 17, 2013

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse’s recent study found that many health and fitness apps are lacking on the privacy front. The report evaluated 43 paid and free apps in the health and fitness categories on Google Play and and Apple’s App Store. The privacy-focused non-profit discovered that many of these apps lacked privacy policies, failed to encrypt data [...]

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App Quality Alliance’s Privacy Guidelines

Jul 15, 2013

The App Quality Alliance (AQuA) has updated their mobile application development Best Practice Guidelines to incorporate consumer privacy-focused recommendations. The update is designed to help mobile developers address topics such as “users’ rights, location data, and information security and accountability.” Working directly with the GSM association (GSMA), the guidelines take on a privacy-by-design approach: “The [...]

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