First Privacy Bill of Rights meeting: Mobile apps targeted

First Privacy Bill of Rights meeting: Mobile apps targeted

Summary: A meeting on mobile applications and data privacy will be held on July 12 to start enforcement of Obama's digital Privacy Bill of Rights.


The first in a series of meetings to decide concrete enforcement terms for Obama's "Privacy Bill of Rights" has just been announced for July 12, 2012 and its focus is on mobile apps.

The National Communications and Telecommunication Administration (U.S. Department of Commerce) has decided that it's time to put President Obama's Privacy Bill of Rights into practice.

To begin, they have just invited all "privacy stakeholders" to "generate robust input" for the first consumer data transparency code of conduct.

NTIA has selected mobile app transparency as the focus of the first privacy multi-stakeholder process.

Multi-stakeholders are defined as consumer groups, advertisers and internet companies.

"Although other possible topics were suggested and may be pursued in future multi-stakeholder convenings, the mobile app transparency topic presents a strong opportunity for stakeholders to reach consensus on a code of conduct in a reasonable time frame," the NTIA said in its announcement.

This is because in the NTIA's first invitation to comment in March saw an overwhelming amount of concern about mobile applications because,

(...) practices surrounding the disclosure of consumer data privacy practices do not appear to have kept pace with rapid developments in technology and business models.

Perhaps that's in part due to widespread awareness about Apple's mobile tracking lawsuit which it has failed to fend off.

The now-famous lawsuit, still in progress, was filed in April and 18 companies were sued over app privacy including Apple, Facebook, Google, Path, Beluga, Yelp, Burbn, Instagram, Foursquare Labs, (the now-defunct) Gowalla, Foodspotting, Hipster, LinkedIn, Rovio Mobile, ZeptoLab, Chillingo, Electronics Arts, and Kik Interactive.

The lawsuit raised awareness that innocuous seeming apps like Instagram, Foursquare, Foodspotting, and Yelp scrape phones to send names, email addresses and/or phone numbers from users' address books to their servers.

Instagram and Foursquare only began to notify users with a permission prompt after the Path debacle, according to VentureBeat.

A second, similar privacy lawsuit has recently been filed against Apple, Pandora and The Weather Channel over user location data.

The NTIA multistakeholder privacy meeting will decide a code of conduct for app makers and much more: its intent is to create a blueprint for data transparency and also make a clear set of rules for app makers to stay within to remain out of trouble a la privacy lawsuits.

When the Obama Administration released its comprehensive blueprint to improve consumers’ data privacy protections in February, The White House requested that NTIA ask stakeholders - companies, privacy advocates, consumer groups, and technology experts - to develop enforceable codes of conduct to specify how the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights will be applied in specific contexts.

A wide range of multistakeholders are invited to contribute. About who this affects, NTIA writes:

The issue of mobile app transparency potentially impacts a range of industry participants, including: developers of mobile apps; providers of sophisticated interactive services for mobile devices (such as those utilizing HTML5 to access mobile APIs); and mobile app platforms, among others.

This is only the first in a series of meetings that will address other areas of consumer data privacy.

The meeting is in Washington D.C. and NTIA has detailed:

The July 12, 2012 multistakeholder meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m and is expected to end no later than 4:30 p.m.

The meeting will be held in the Washington, DC metro area; NTIA will announce the venue no later than fifteen (15) days before the meeting, and sooner if possible.

The meeting is open to all interested stakeholders, will be webcast, and is open to the press.

According to The Hill, The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) applauds the move and say that growth of the app marketplace will depend on consumers trusting apps with their privacy.

NationalJournal warns,

(...) Berin Szoka, president of the think-tank TechFreedom, said if the process fails, it could provide an opening for officials seeking more authority to regulate Internet privacy

Image by Kevin Dooley, under Creative Commons 2.0 Generic license, via Flickr.

Topic: Legal

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  • Are you talking about that fool

    That embraces [b]Illegal Aliens[/b], and wants to give them the right to vote, as well as access to healthcare, and welfare? There is a point, where even the dumbest Democrat won't fall for his [b]Anti-American[/b] tripe...
    Jumpin Jack Flash
    • I have to admit

      I find myself agreeing with you. This - along with the dream act - is a political ploy to garner more votes.
      • When Alien in in the acronym...

        There is a problem right there. " Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors", in other words, give illegal aliens the right to vote, and they'll vote for you. Give illegal aliens the right to vote, free healthcare, and a chance to collect welfare, and they'll become life long Democrats.
        Jumpin Jack Flash
    • such hatred for your brother

      "Illegal aliens" probably have more genetic ties to this continent than you do. The purpose of the Constitution was to reaffirm that ALL men were created equal and to enjoy freedom. For you to sit there and be selfish with it, concocting a plan to deny it to mankind by creating a class of people called "citizens", makes you the enemy of the same; even Jesus would cry. All you seem to care about is judging and accusing others for wanting to do the right thing: help people.

      By the way, what is American to you (as opposed to your accusation of being Anti-American)? To steal land, to scapegoat, to alienate, to profit on the misery of others (insurance), to impersonate, and to break the law?

      Citizenship didn't exist until the 14th Amendment. I certainly don't trust in the corrupted administration that created it: Dictator Lincoln, the lawbreaker. Demanding obedience from the States at the end of a barrel has undermined the whole ideal of freedom ... or at least the illusion of it. As a citizen, you have an owner.
      • What drugs are you on?

        ""Illegal aliens" probably have more genetic ties to this continent than you do"

        Irrelevant: I am a United States Citizen, Which is more that I can say for those Illegal alien scumbags, or that scumbag in the White House.

        "By the way, what is American to you (as opposed to your accusation of being Anti-American)?"

        [b]Being a legal resident of the United States[/b], as opposed to being an [b]"Illegal Alien"[/b] I've paid taxes for the last 35 years, while those scumbags, do nothing but put a strain on the system. I personally owe the Illegal scum Nothing, and that goes for Obama too. I say close the boarders, and kick the scum out. I did my two tours of Duty, They only come here to leach off of my hard work. They need to go back to their hellholes and live with it.
        Jumpin Jack Flash
      • Jumpin Jack Flash

        "...I've paid taxes for the last 35 years, while those scumbags, do nothing but put a strain on the system...."

        The ones putting a strain on the system are the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation welfare families, (and corporations and the 1% who don't contribute their fair share.) Most illegal immigrants came here to get honest jobs. The people that these acts would help are already working, (illegally). They cannot pay taxes without a SS#. All they want is the right to work, pay taxes, and vote.

        Many were brought here by their parents who were only trying to find honest work. They cannot go back where they came from, and they cannot get citizenship. They are in a catch 22. Give them a way to become legal, (like military service,) and share in the American dream, and then they will be paying their taxes just like you and me.

        How about after 4 years of military service (completed honorably,) they automatically become full (tax paying) citizens, with the stipulation that they cannot sponsor any one else for 10 years. (That should satisfy those concerned that they are brought here as children to become anchors for the parents that brought them.)

        PS Technically, unless one is a Native American, we are all illegal immigrants.
  • JumpinJack

    That's called entitlement syndrome: you think that you owe the poor and needy nothing, and that you automatically deserve respect as a soldier for the hard work defending the President's cause du jour. You're the one most likely to be a hellhole resident because you serve a war monger, not the people; the law was perverted a long time ago and you think it's holy gospel since you were born into it and were filled with a misguided sense of pride.
    • And they're not entitled to...

      Anything. There is no need for them to have "free-standing Condos, while they drive around in Navigators, and Hummers. If they need to drive around in a Hummer, they can get a job, rather than cry that I need to support their lifestyle. Welfare is supposed to be a temporary thing, not a preferred lifestyle.
      Jumpin Jack Flash