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FTC Settlement Says App Violated FCRA, Study Shows Knowledge is Power

MOBILE PRIVACY—U.S.

January 17, 2013

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently reached a settlement with a mobile app developer for violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The app provided consumers with criminal background checks of individuals in several states. Hunton & Williams’ Privacy and Information Security Law Blog called the settlement “groundbreaking” as it’s the first time an FCRA enforcement action was taken by the FTC against a mobile app developer. Meanwhile, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have released a study analyzing user perceptions and expectations about mobile app privacy and security. Their research shows that knowledge of what data is collected by an app “can have a significant impact on people’s comfort level and would enable them to make better-informed decisions,” one researcher said.
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