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Senator Calls for Mobile App Privacy Policies

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

May 26, 2011

In a letter sent to Apple and Google on Wednesday, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) called for privacy policy requirements in "location-aware" apps. Computerworld cites a recent study by TRUSTe and Harris Interactive that found less than 20 percent of the most popular free apps available through mobile devices are linked to privacy policies. In the letter, Franken wrote, "Requiring that each app in your stores have a clear, understandable privacy policy...would be a simple first step that would provide users, privacy advocates and federal consumer protection authorities a minimum of information about what information an app will access and how that app will share that information with third parties."
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