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Adequate App Protections Lacking

MOBILE PRIVACY—U.S.

March 8, 2012

POLITICO reports on increased concerns by lawmakers and regulators about the lack of consumer and privacy protections around mobile apps. Congress, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the White House have all begun looking into the issue in recent weeks. Reed Smith's Amy Mushahwar said, "Our mobile devices nowadays really hold the sum total of our digital identity," adding that the interest taken by Capitol Hill, the FTC and the Obama administration "is simply a reflection that everyone is seeing the mobile phone becoming the primary screen." A spokesman from the Electronic Frontier Foundation said, "The last couple of weeks and months have been a rude awakening for app developers that privacy is an issue consumers care about."
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