How Will Privacy Apply to Apps?
DATA PROTECTIONSeptember 21, 2010
End-user software for mobile phones, or "apps," are on their way to becoming more popular than the Internet itself, some predict. Developed by teenage amateurs and billion-dollar companies alike, apps are capable of performing limitless tasks, from computing billing services to monitoring health information to forecasting the weather. But privacy advocates say apps come with risks to consumer privacy, as the data they solicit for use is managed by those who may or may not have experience in data protection or knowledge of privacy law. Some are calling for industry to get ahead of those risks, while others say the app developers themselves must take responsibility.