Protecting Cell Phone Privacy
PERSONAL PRIVACY—U.S.August 16, 2011
By 2015, 36 percent of consumers in the U.S. will use mobile Internet services, The Atlantic Wire reports, and the importance of privacy protection will only increase. Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) has proposed legislation that would require cell phone companies to obtain consent before collecting user data. That and other methods are good "first steps" in informing consumers, but much more needs to be done, Franken says. The article offers steps consumers can take to increase privacy on their mobile devices, including anti-theft applications. Some developers are also offering users simpler, more transparent privacy policies.