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App Developers, Privacy Advocates Work on Policies

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

December 3, 2012

The Washington Post reports that mobile application developers and privacy advocates are collaborating to create better ways to communicate privacy policy information to users as part of a National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) initiative. The App Developers Alliance, Consumer Action, World Privacy Forum and American Civil Liberties Union together identified 12 data elements that hold the most weight with consumers and created mock-ups of screens that show highlights of privacy policies. The group will present its proposal on Friday at an NTIA meeting in Washington, DC. Meanwhile, a PrivacyChoice study has found that 20 percent of websites may sell consumers’ information and 60 percent make no commitment to deleting it. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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