California Attorney General Kamala Harrisa mobile app privacy agreement today with Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Hewlett-Packard, and Research In Motion.
The announcement comes in the wake of several reports of companies uploading user data, sometimes without informing the user or getting permission.
Last week the Federal Trade Commissiontitled "Mobile Apps for Kids: Current Privacy Disclosures are Disappointing," concluding that "parents generally cannot determine, before downloading an app, whether the app poses risks related to the collection, use, and sharing of their children's personal information."
In a telephone interview, shortly after the announcement, (scroll down to listen to podcast) Harris said the agreement has been in the works since August. "It's not often that there's this kind of perfect synergy and timing," she said.
In the interview, the attorney general said "we need to make sure that vulnerable people are protected" and that "those who are uniformed have information that they know their rights and then they can have the tools to protect their privacy and they can have the choice of what they what in terms of the benefits of this technology vs. what might be the drawbacks."
Listen to the 10 minute interview with Kamala Harris
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