May 26th, 2011
Sen. Al Franken Calls For Mandatory Privacy Policies From All iOS & Android Apps
Mobile Marketing Watch
There’s been a lot of attention paid to mobile privacy recently, especially following the accusation that iOS apps are tracking users’ locations.
Today, Senator Al Franken has released a letter targeted at Apple and Google that calls for the creation of mandatory privacy policies from all apps offered via Apple’s App Store and Google’s Android Market. The formal request comes after Franken’s recent judiciary subcommittee hearing on mobile tech privacy earlier this month.
Franken argues that “there is a greater need for transparency and disclosure for the collection and sharing of all personal information [emphasis in the original],” but requests that “at a minimum,” apps that make use of location data specifically be required to “provide privacy policies that clearly specify what kind of location information is gathered from users, how that information is used, and how it is shared with third parties.”