FTC Staff Report Recommends Ways to Improve Mobile Privacy Disclosures

On Friday, February 1, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released guidelines for mobile privacy.  The guidelines target key players in the growing mobile device industry, including Apple, and Google, as well as mobile app developers, advertising networks and others.  Guideline recommendations included asking industry leaders to promote best practices and let consumers know immediately what apps will do with their personal information and let those consumers give their permission for that data to be collected and used.    It was also recommended that Privacy Policies set in place by App Developers should be easier to understand and give consumers a clear sense of how their information will be used.  A “do not track” system has also been recommended.

 “The mobile world is expanding and innovating at breathtaking speed, allowing consumers to do things that would have been hard to imagine only a few years ago,” said FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz.  “These best practices will help to safeguard consumer privacy and build trust in the mobile marketplace, ensuring that the market can continue to thrive.”

 To access the full set of FTC recommendations, click here.

 For more information about our Internet, New Media & Entertainment Practice, please contact Greg Akselrud at (818) 444-4503 or gakselrud@stubbsalderton.com

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