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New Privacy Tools Promote Transparency

ONLINE PRIVACY

May 9, 2012

Developers are creating new ways for online users to see how their personal data is used by online companies. Independent researcher Ashkan Soltani has helped create MobileScope "as a proof-of-concept tool" that automates the monitoring of "mobile devices for surprising traffic and highlighting potentially privacy-revealing flows," according to a TechRepublic interview. Meanwhile, three Yale students have created Privacy Simplified. The service allows website owners to generate a series of icons to help users more easily understand a company's privacy policy. Author Cory Doctorow said the creators have "done a good job," but "without a compliance mechanism, it's likely that any site that adopts this will only display the icons for their 'good' policies and not show the 'bad' ones."
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