Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Flap Over That App

From the New York Times: yet another controversy over who owns your data. This time the flap is over the app, or rather, the contact information stored in the app in your smartphone. Some apps routinely collect this information, and developers do not divulge to users that their apps are doing so. Some social media sites and distributors, such as Google, insist on user consent before the app developers can move forward. Apple has consistently said it requires user consent but complaints, and now a Congressional inquiry, indicates that some Apple-available apps have been collecting this data without user knowledge. Apple's has now clarified its position: it will now require apps that track such data to get user consent before doing so. The FTC has also stepped in, saying Apple and Google must let parents know more fully what information their apps are collecting about children.

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