European Data Protection Digest

CNIL Study Targets the “Black Box” of Smartphones

MOBILE PRIVACY—FRANCE

August 2, 2012

The French data protection authority, the CNIL, has made smartphones the first topic of its strategic planning research, assessing users’ practices and perceptions of data protection on the devices in its “Smartphones and Privacy: Uses and Protection Measures” study. “Beyond this initial step, CNIL will endeavor to incite the various players in building a framework for more transparent and privacy-friendly products and services, “writes CNIL Chairwoman Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin in CNIL’s newsletter Innovation & Prospective. Findings from the study show one-fourth of smartphone users have no locked access code on their phones and 51 percent believe incorrectly that data from a mobile phone cannot be transmitted without user consent.
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