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Congressmen Call for Mobile App Privacy Codes

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

April 29, 2011

House Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus Co-Chairmen Edward Markey (D-MA) and Joe Barton (R-TX) have released the responses they've received from the nation's four largest wireless carriers following their requests for information about how the companies collect, store and share customers' PII. The Wall Street Journal reports that AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile have all responded that they seek subscribers' consent for use of personal data, but "they can't control how applications developed by third parties use location information that the carriers don't provide." Mobile device applications "shouldn't have free reign over your location data and personally identifiable information. I believe it is time we hold third-party developers accountable," Barton said. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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