The Application Developers Alliance is asking the Federal Trade Commission to extend its deadline to comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.
With minimal changes from the March 14 to April 4 version, the guiding principles of the five-page draft (.pdf) center around the use of short form notices. App developers and mobile service providers can use these notices to consistently display information about application practices, allowing consumers to "compare and contrast data practices of apps, with the goal of enhancing consumer trust in application information practices," according to the draft document.
Under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, mobile device manufacturer HTC America will develop and release software patches for its smartphones and tablet computers that put millions of consumers at risk, according to a Feb. 22 FTC press release .
When it comes to mobile platforms such as Apple's iOS, Google's Android, RIM's BlackBerry OS, and Microsoft's Windows Phone, the FTC recommends that these companies provide just-in-time disclosures to consumers and obtain their affirmative express consent before allowing apps to access sensitive content like geolocation.
Recognizing the advances of commercial practices and technology over the past decade, including smartphones, the Federal Trade Commission has adopted final amendments to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act to reflect the growing presence of websites geared towards kids. Among the changes to the COPPA Rule, the new regulations expand the list of personal information that cannot be collected by websites without parental notice and consent, clarifying that this category includes geolocation information, photographs, and videos.
For the report (.pdf), released Dec. 10, the FTC surveyed kids' apps in Apple and Google's app stores. A majority of the apps transmitted information from the device to the developer or a third party, such as an advertiser or analytics company. But barely 20 percent of the apps disclosed any information about the app's privacy practices, the FTC says.
Sixty-two of 99 federal agencies haven't implemented Obama administration policies for responding to Freedom of Information Act requests, says George Washington University's National Security Archive government watchdog. In the Archive's latest annual FOIA assessment , it says FOIA compliance is extremely mixed among agencies despite the administration's openness goals.
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. – As part of a Nov. 9 symposium on privacy and technology held by the Harvard Law Review , panelists assembled for three discussions on the topic.
A 5-meter rise in sea level would flood 23 federal buildings in Washington, D.C., according to a study in the November issue of Risk Analysis . Even though 5 meters exceeds the likely amount of sea-level rise for the next 100 years, the study (.pdf) says that level could be reached during storms.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers says ahead of a planned Oct. 15 meeting in Toronto that law enforcement and registrars have found common ground over WHOIS proposals--although privacy watchdogs may continue to have objections.