Apparently the U.S. Government hasn’t heard that privacy is dead.
Instead the California’s attorney general held a gathering of the world’s major smartphone companies: Apple, Google, HP, Microsoft, Amazon.com and Research in Motion, to decide on the future of smartphone-driven internet privacy. The goal for the attorney general was to cajole the leading smartphone manufacturers into reaching a universal agreement on privacy protection for the app-using mobile public.
This new universal agreement would force all app developers to conspicuously post their privacy policies to their downloading public, including details on what personal information they retrieve from their users and exactly how they will use it.
“What this requires is the app developers outline and articulate the private information they are extracting from the user and give them notice,” says US attorney general Kamala D. Harris. “This requires the platforms to post these privacy policies in their market and store, and that of course was not required before.” (Read the press release).