FTC Pushes Tougher Privacy Rules for Mobile Apps
Agency wants do-not-track feature for phones, tablets
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2013 10:40 AM CST
A woman uses her smartphone.   (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

(Newser) – The FTC says it's going to get tougher on mobile apps that invade user's online privacy. New agency guidelines call for a "do-not-track" feature on apps and software for phones and tablets, reports the New York Times. The FTC also fined the social networking app Path $800,000 after accusing it of taking personal information from kids' address books, including phone numbers, user names for other accounts, and birth dates. The Times sees the combined actions as a "strong move" toward mobile privacy.

“We‘ve been looking at privacy issues for decades,” says FTC chairman Jon Leibowitz. “But this is necessary because so much commerce is moving to mobile, and many of the rules and practices in the mobile space are sort of like the Wild West.”

More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
FTC Pushes Tougher Privacy Rules for Mobile Apps is...
2%
4%
2%
84%
7%
0%
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Comments
Showing 1 of 1 comment
finkster
Feb 2, 2013 10:49 AM CST
Who are you kidding, FTC? You're part of Big Brother who will spy on everyone with impunity We can't stop the machine.... "All In all you're just a another brick in the wall" Pink Floyd