App Developers, Publishers, Consumer Advocates Support Mobile App Privacy Model

U.S. government-hosted talks on mobile app privacy concluded when leading consumer privacy advocates and mobile app industry stakeholders joined in support for a voluntary model for how apps communicate what information about consumers the apps are collecting and with what types of third parties, if any, that consumers’ data is shared.  

App Developers and Consumer Groups Introduce App Transparency Screens

Washington, D.C. (November 30, 2012) – Today, the Application Developers Alliance along with the American Civil Liberties Union, Consumer Action, and World Privacy Forum announced the first joint industry-consumer proposal to improve and standardize apps’ communications with consumers regarding data that apps are collecting from users and sharing with third parties. The groups developed and presented standardized screens that, when displayed by apps, will inform users what data is being collected by an app with whom it is being shared. Additionally, the screens will link to more traditional “privacy policies,” which generally are very long legal documents that provide much more detail about why data is being used and how it is being secured.