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California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ agreement announced this week committing the leading operators of mobile application platforms to require privacy policies for applications (“apps”) is a step forward, Consumer Watchdog said, but in addition “Do Not Track” regulations must be implemented to fully protect consumers.
Attorney General Harris negotiated the agreement with six companies whose platforms comprise the majority of the mobile apps market: Amazon, Apple, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft and Research In Motion. The agreement requires that apps have privacy policies. The majority of them now do not and people have no idea what data is collected about them and how it is used.
According to the Attorney General, there are more than 50,000 individual developers who have created the mobile apps currently available for download on the leading platforms. There are nearly 600,000 applications for sale in the Apple App Store alone, and another 400,000 for sale in Google’s Android Market. These apps have been downloaded more than 35 billion times.
Contributed by Consumer Watchdog
Published: February 23, 2012 – Volume 10 – Issue 45