As you all know by now, both Apple and Google gave testimony to congress regarding mobile privacy, after a story broke wherein it was found that both platforms were cacheing Wi-Fi and 3G data longer than intended. Well, the congressman heading up those hearings, Sen. Al Franken, has issued a letter to Apple and Google, […]
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Sen. Franken Requests that Apple and Google Make Privacy Policies More Clear for Apps

maps.pngAs you all know by now, both Apple and Google gave testimony to congress regarding mobile privacy, after a story broke wherein it was found that both platforms were cacheing Wi-Fi and 3G data longer than intended. Well, the congressman heading up those hearings, Sen. Al Franken, has issued a letter to Apple and Google, asking that they require their developers to include a “clear and understandable” privacy policy with their apps.

Sen. Franken, being fairly pragmatic about the situation, points out that this move would not solve privacy concerns on either platform, but would be a good, and easily implemented first step. He also notes that preferably these companies would require these privacy policies on all applications, but at minimum on location-aware apps.

As I’ve said before, and this is not a politically charged comment, but I would prefer congress do something like this, even if it is grandstanding, because it takes the side of the consumer, and not a big business. Congress, is doing what they’ve been elected to do, and represent the people.

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