“Developers have access to tremendous amounts of very sensitive data about their customers,” said Justin Brookman, CDT’s Director of Consumer Privacy. “We’re offering these Best Practices guidelines to help well-meaning developers preserve user privacy without stifling the innovation and convenience offered by new platforms.”
- 12 out of the 50 apps surveyed on the iOS App Store platform requested precise location information and 10 of those 12 had privacy policies. 14 out of the 50 apps surveyed on the Google Play platform requested precise location information and 10 of the 14 had privacy policies.
The Co-Chairs of the Future of Privacy Forum credit the efforts by the California Attorney General, the Federal Trade Commission and increasingly, from app platforms for the improvement in privacy disclosures to consumers.
Jules Polonetsky, Director and Co-Chair of the Future of Privacy Forum said:
FPF Founder and Co-Chair Christopher Wolf added:
“Enforcement activity by the FTC and the California Attorney General, as well as the efforts of the platform providers, are driving the significant progress we have seen by app developers to do the needed work to put privacy policies in place. The Administration’s multi-stakeholder process focusing on apps and launching in Washington this week can build on this progress to further ensure that consumers understand what they are getting when they download an app.”
FPF provides resources for developers, including tools to create privacy policies, at applicationprivacy.org.
Research for this report was led by FPF Legal & Policy Fellow Lia Sheena, and assisted by interns Rachel Coffin and John Alford.
For any questions, or to schedule an interview, please call Beth Sullivan at 202-550-4401 or email [email protected].
|The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) is a Washington, DC based think tank that seeks to advance responsible data practices. The forum is led by Internet privacy experts Jules Polonetsky and Christopher Wolf and includes an advisory board comprised of leading figures from industry, academia, law and advocacy groups.
About the Center for Democracy & Technology
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