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App Vetting Service Alerts Users of Privacy Issues

MOBILE PRIVACY

February 6, 2013

BlackBerry has rolled out a new privacy notification service to warn app developers and users when an app may collect more data than it states, USA Today reports. Any apps approved for distribution in the BlackBerry World online store are vetted for privacy and security issues. The company’s privacy notices “are for applications that do not appear to have malicious objectives or aim to mislead customers but rather don't clearly or adequately inform users about how the app is accessing and possibly managing customers' data,” the BlackBerry website states. Lockheed Martin Director of Cybersecurity Steve Adegbite said the new service “gives power back to the user to protect important information.” A BlackBerry representative said, “We believe this is the way forward for the entire mobile ecosystem.”
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