Regulators Take Action Against Apps That Abuse Your Privacy22 Feb 2012
If you've been waiting for government regulators to step in and do something about apps that collect and transmit your data without telling you, I have some good news for you: The State of California, along with a number of major tech companies, teamed up Wednesday to have come together to strengthen privacy protections in smartphone and tablet apps.
In the last year or so, a number of app makers have come under fire for collecting or sharing personal information without telling their users. Earlier this month, the Patch social networking app got caught uploading users' address book data without asking for permission (the company since stopped the practice and apologized); last April, the US Government investigated the privacy practices of a number of smartphone app makers, including Pandora.
Still, we look forward to seeing what comes from this agreement, and hope that it helps keep companies honest.