Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Find: Mobile Device Privacy Act, meant to stop Carrier IQ-style data collection, introduced in Congress

Mobile Device Privacy Act, meant to stop Carrier IQ-style data collection, introduced in Congress

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After asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Carrier IQ's controversial tracking practices, US Representative Edward Markey has sponsored legislation to prevent it or other companies from collecting data without informing customers. The Mobile Device Privacy Act, drafted in January and introduced to the House of Representatives on Wednesday, requires companies that sell mobile devices or phone and data subscriptions to inform consumers if any "monitoring software" is included. If so, it must also detail the type of information that could be collected, who it's being sent to, and how it will be used. What's more, customers must consent to the tracking and be free to opt out even if they initially agree to have information...

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