Harris is not the only regulator focused on mobile applications. This past week, mobile privacy legislation was introduced by Senator Al Franken, Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and Law, when he released a revised version of the Location Privacy Act, which would require companies to obtain express consent from users before collecting or sharing location data from mobile devices. Also, House Democrat Hank Johnson has developed a web-based legislative project called appRights.us that is intended to facilitate a public conversation about how Congress can help ensure the privacy and security of mobile device users. This past week, Johnson released the first provision of the AppRights.us bill – “Protecting Your Mobile Privacy through User Control.” Finally, on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission will hold a press call to announce a follow-up report to an earlier FTC staff report on mobile apps for kids. As has been the case throughout this year and as expected for 2013, mobile privacy continues be a hot topic.
UPDATE 12/10/2012: Today, the FTC released a Staff Report titled: “Mobile Apps for Kids: Disclosures Still Not Making the Grade.” In its second examination of the privacy disclosures and practices of apps offered for children in the Google Play and Apply App stores, the FTC found little progress toward giving parents the information they need to determine what data is being collected from their children, how it is being shared, or who will have access to it.