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Site Grades Privacy of Internet Apps

ONLINE PRIVACY

April 20, 2010

A Stanford University project has ushered in a Web forum where Internet users can review and compare the privacy and security of Internet and mobile applications, the San Francisco Chronicle  reports. The WhatApp.org site, released in beta last month, grades applications based on reviewers' answers to questions about data collection and openness, for example. One news outlet described it as a mix of Consumer Reports, Yelp and Wikipedia, but with a privacy and security focus. Its creators hope the site will bring more attention to the issues. "We've been saying this for a while," said McAfee Labs director David Marcus. "If developers use security and privacy correctly, they can be used as a competitive advantage."

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