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Company Creates DIY Privacy Policies for Apps

ONLINE PRIVACY

August 15, 2011

Privacy policies can be difficult to write and read--especially on mobile devices--prompting one company to create a tool to help mobile application developers make consumer-friendly policies, reports The New York Times. PrivacyChoice analyzed hundreds of privacy policies across the web, devising a tool that asks developers questions about their data handling practices and then formulates a policy based on the answers. "The mobile environment requires you to say things very succinctly, and it requires you to say things in layers," says Jim Brock, founder of PrivacyChoice. One industry advocate says solving the "privacy problem" is crucial to developers, many of whom are small businesses dependent on income from selling consumer data. (Registration may be required to access this story.)       
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The IAPP Privacy Academy in Dallas, September 14–16, will feature an entire track on Mobile Computing/Location-Based Services, including a session on Avoiding Mobile App Traps. Register for the Academy by this Friday, August 19 to take advantage of early bird rates!