The FTC recently issued a report, Mobile Apps for Kids: Current Privacy Disclosures Are Disappointing, that found that parents are not being provided with sufficient information about what types of data mobile applications collect prior to purchasing the application. The report noted that because mobile applications can collect a wide swath of information, ranging from contact lists to precise locations, a greater transparency about the industry's data practices is needed. The report provided a number of recommendations, including that application developers and third parties that collect data provide parents with short and simple disclosures. Mobile application disclosures are on the agenda for the FTC's public workshop in 2012 regarding its Dot Com Disclosure Guide and online disclosures. Click here for the FTC release, and here for a copy of the report.
Alert February 21, 2012