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Commissioner Warns Apps Mine Personal Data

MOBILE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

March 16, 2012

Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim is warning that companies are using mobile apps to mine users' personal information, and because many apps are developed and deployed overseas, there is little that Australian regulators can do to prevent the practice, The Daily Telegraph reports. Pilgrim said, "The question of whether or not apps are covered by the Australian Privacy Act depends on a number of factors such as whether the app developer is carrying on a business in Australia and collects or holds that information in Australia." Pilgrim has also called on app developers to provide more transparency in how they collect and process personal data as well as provide users with notice and consent mechanisms.
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