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Companies “Gird for Fines,” Rules from FTC

MOBILE PRIVACY—U.S.

February 26, 2013

Businessweek reports that as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) “clamps down on alleged privacy violations by mobile applications…legions of software developers are girding for fines and rules that analysts say threaten to stifle growth.” Referencing the FTC’s recent $800,000 settlement with social network Path, the report suggests such moves “could boost costs for small companies whose apps are fueling demand for mobile advertising, tablets and smartphones,” resulting in “big implications for Google and Apple, which together account for 91 percent of smartphone operating systems.” Meanwhile, IDG News Service reports on concerns Consumer Watchdog has brought to the FTC over Google's sharing of app purchasers’ information with developers.
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