FTC Publishes Privacy Guidelines for Mobile Devices
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission today outlined a number of steps players in the mobile industry should take in order to better protect end-user data. The best practices offered by the FTC are aimed at mobile platform developers (e.g., Apple, Google, Microsoft), application developers (e.g., EA, Rovio, Twitter), and advertising networks. The FTC recommends that mobile platform creators implement Do No Track controls, as well as a dashboard through which all privacy data can be accessed/controlled. The FTC thinks app developers should make privacy policies easily accessible, as well as offer just-in-time disclosures to obtain affirmative express consent before collecting and sharing sensitive information. It also recommends that ad networks work with platform and app developers and ensure that Do Not Track measures are followed correctly. "More than other types of technology, mobile devices are typically personal to an individual, almost always on, and with the user," said the FTC. "This can facilitate unprecedented amounts of data collection. FTC staff strongly encourages companies in the mobile ecosystem to work expeditiously to implement the recommendations in this report."
Adobe to Retire Flash In 2020
Adobe today said it will stop updating and distributing the Flash player in 2020. The web plugin is widely used across the web to power experiences such as video and gaming.
Microsoft Redesigns Mobile Outlook App for Android and iOS
Microsoft has released an overhauled build of its Outlook mobile email application for both the Android and iOS platforms. The update targets several specific functions of the app to smooth over performance.
Lightroom for Android and iOS Earns More Photo-Tweaking Powers
Adobe today updated its Lightroom Mobile application for Android and iOS devices. Adobe says it overhauled the Android version from the ground up to give it a more native Android feel.
FTC Nails TracFone for $40M Over False Advertising
TracFone has agreed to pay customers $40 million to reimburse them for what the FTC labeled as deceptive advertising. From 2009 to 2013, TracFone advertised "unlimited data" plans for $45 per month.
T-Mobile to Explore Settlement with FTC Over Cramming
T-Mobile has signaled to the Federal Trade Commission it is interested in reaching a settlement regarding accusations it unfairly profited from bogus charges foisted onto customers' bills. The FTC sued T-Mobile over its cramming practices, despite T-Mobile's attempts to preempt such legal action by banning premium content and offering refunds to customers.
The Start or the end?
We could go along with this for several years if the good guys play nice and the bad guys take a vacation. I can see that several instances of data breach and/or several in-your-face refusals to follow the recommendations could lead to tighter privacy control and mandatory standards.
This is the END!!!!
The FCC is a government entity. The feds already have all of our information and keep track of it. Any privacy standards are just a farce.
Its the government saying that they want to be the only ones to infringe on our ri...