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Mobile Apps Under Fire, Likely To Continue

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

January 3, 2011

The Washington Post reports on recent lawsuits filed against Apple, Backflip, Dictionary.com, Pandora and the Weather Channel, among others. The suits claim users' data was shared without their knowledge and seek to prevent the applications from sharing ages, genders and locations of users as well as iPad and iPhone device identifying numbers. According to an InformationWeek article, a lack of laws defining privacy rights means it's likely there will be more suits like these. "Consumers are engaged in a marketplace, but it's not a fully informed market," said Dave Stampley of KamberLaw. Kevin Pomfret, a lawyer with LeClairRyan, said that in order to avoid a lawsuit, companies should carefully consider why they need consumer data and how they use it, adding "Unfortunately, there's no clear-cut answer right now because of the uncertainty." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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