Tuesday, December 11, 2012

FTC ups ante on kids' ,mobile app privacy with new report: treat geolocation as personal information!

The FTC continues to scrutinize mobile apps that kids can use, and wants to promulgate a rule that regards geolocation as personal information, that can be collected from minors only with parental consent, according to a new detailed front page story by Cecilia Kang in the Washington Post on Tuesday, December 11, 2012, link here

The FTC recently tested over 400 apps for ultimate compliance with COPPA.

The Federal Trade Commission home page this morning banners us with “Mobile Apps for Kids: Disclosures still not making the grade”, and has a detailed staff report , here

The requirements would effectively make it much easier for adults to privatize their whereabouts, too, since mobile technology would have to become much more forthright in how to hide many aspects of personal use. 

I don’t normally share prospectively my own plans on Facebook (such as concert or play tickets, or especially travel), because there have been cases where people have trolled Facebook and other social media just for those purposes.  Yet I’m always prompted at purchase to let them post on Facebook.  

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