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FTC Chairman Calls for "Cereal Box" Style App Policies

MOBILE PRIVACY—U.S.

June 1, 2012

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Jon Leibowitz has called for privacy policies on apps to be as simple as a nutrition guide on a box of cereal, reports the Los Angeles Times. Besides making the policies easy to find, apps should spell out exactly what they do with your data, Leibowitz said. At a recent tech conference, Leibowitz discussed the FTC's privacy cases against Google and Facebook as having "protected the privacy of more than a billion people around the world" and insisted that users, not websites, own their personal information. He added that more privacy on the Internet could bring industry higher revenue streams. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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