Jason Atchley : Information Governance : Mobile Apps Access Personal Data Without Sufficient Notice

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Mobile Apps Access Personal Data Without Sufficient Notice

Study shows 85 percent of mobile apps don’t provide users with clear privacy information.

Marlisse Silver Sweeney, Law Technology News

September 12, 2014    | 0 Comments

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Back in May of this year there was a “Global Privacy Enforcement Sweep” conducted in 19 countries that assessed the transparency of 1,211 popular mobile applications. These results were published yesterday and according to a recent post on firm site Hunton & Williams, “a large majority of the apps are accessing personal data without providing adequate information to users.”
Specifically, the new information demonstrated a whopping 85 percent of mobile apps that were surveyed didn’t provide users with clear information on how they collected, processed and disclosed their data. In 59 percent of them it was difficult to find information on privacy before the apps were installed and once it was accessed, 43 percent of privacy notices weren’t tailored to the size of screens, according to the lawyers at Hunton & Williams.
“In light of these results, the data protection authorities that participated in the sweep are likely to launch enforcement actions in their jurisdictions,” say the Huntington & Williams lawyers. Most recently the Belgian data protection authority said they were speaking with stakeholders and getting ready to send cease and desist letters in certain severe cases.

Read more: http://www.lawtechnologynews.com/id=1202669903826/Mobile-Apps-Access-Personal-Data-Without-Sufficient-Notice#ixzz3Dm1zbPRR

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