Tag Archives: Apps

Study identifies cybersecurity and privacy shortcomings in health apps

A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Piraeus, published in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ Access journal (29 January 2018), has indicated that many popular health apps have significant privacy and cybersecurity failings; many of them do not follow standard practices nor will they comply with the upcoming General Data … Continue Reading

Class Action Filed Against Indianapolis Colts over App

This month, the Indianapolis Colts, app developer Yinzcam, Inc., and ultrasonic technology provider Lisnr, Inc., were hit with a federal class action lawsuit in Pennsylvania for violating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act by allegedly allowing the Colts fan app to listen in on users’ personal phone conversations, and use that information for advertising purposes without … Continue Reading

Privacy Authorities Urge Mobile Apps to Implement Privacy Policies

In December, 23 privacy authorities – many of which are members of the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) – signed an open letter to the operators of seven app marketplaces, urging them to improve consumers’ access to privacy information on mobile apps. The letter states that: Mobile apps that collect data in and through mobile … Continue Reading

85% of Mobile Apps Marked Down on Transparency: ‘Must Try Harder’ Say Global Privacy Regulators

In May this year, members of the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) conducted a privacy sweep of 1,200+ mobile apps. The findings are now available (here). GPEN is an informal network of 27 Data Protection Authorities (“DPAs”) established in 2007. Its members include the UK’s ICO, Australia’s OAIC, and Canada’s OPC. DPAs from 26 jurisdictions … Continue Reading

Australian Data Protection Authority Issues Further Guidelines On Australian Privacy Principles

This post was written by Cynthia O’Donoghue. The Australian data protection authority, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC), has issued two sets of guidelines further to our previous blog analysing earlier guidelines issued on the Australian Privacy Principles (APPS) that will provide the framework for Australia’s Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012 … Continue Reading

Blackberry Policing Apps To Ensure Compliance With Privacy Policies

This post was also written by Frederick Lah. In the midst of all the recent attention on mobile apps and their privacy challenges, BlackBerry has unveiled a new “privacy notice” service that alerts customers about apps that “don’t clearly or adequately inform users about how the app is accessing and possibly managing customers’ data.” According … Continue Reading

FTC Tries The Carrot and The Stick: Releases Guidance on Mobile Privacy Best Practices; Enters Into $800K Consent Order with Path

Today, the Federal Trade Commission released detailed guidance on privacy in the mobile environment – at the same time it announced its largest-ever settlement with an app developer for alleged privacy violations. Combined with aggressive action on mobile privacy issues by the California attorney general’s office, Mobile Privacy Disclosures provides every company associated with a … Continue Reading

App Privacy Guidelines backed by European Mobile Operators

On 27 February 2012, with the support of Europe’s largest mobile operators, the GSMA published a set of global Privacy Design Guidelines for Mobile Application Development. These guidelines come just days after the largest US based App providers, including Google, Apple and Amazon, agreed to legally enforceable privacy standards. The Mobile App Privacy Design Guidelines … Continue Reading
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