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California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris recently announced measures to improve privacy protections for consumers who access the Internet through applications on their mobile devices. The agreement commits the leading operators of mobile applications to protecting consumers globally.

This announcement comes on the heels of complaints Apple Responds To Privacy Risks Concerning Access To Contact Data [News] Apple Responds To Privacy Risks Concerning Access To Contact Data [News] Read More that application developers are able to retrieve and store personal contact lists on smart phones and mobile devices without explicit user consent. Ms. Harris forged an agreement with six companies, including Amazon, Apple, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft and Research In Motion in which they agreed to develop explicit privacy policies for apps that collect personal information. The press release says that, “The majority of mobile apps sold today do not contain a privacy policy.”

Another problem is that most consumers don’t read website and application privacy policies presented by websites and some mobile devices, and in most cases the legalese of such written policies are vague and difficult to understand. So most consumers approve mobile application license agreements without full knowledge of what information said applications collect on their devices.

Attorney General Harris said that California has privacy protection policies written directly from the state constitution. She said that, “Forging this common statement of mobile privacy principles shows the power of collaboration — among government, industry and consumers — to create solutions to problems no one group can tackle alone.”

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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