Two separate reports came out last week on mobile privacy, one conducted by the Future of Privacy Forum and the other by a private firm called Lookout Security. Together, they highlighted both the good and the bad practices app developers are using to target ads and collect data. Also, Forbes writer Kashmir Hill penned an insightful article about Google’s recent settlement with the FTC over the company’s alleged circumvention of Safari’s privacy features, noting how its $22.5 million fine is nothing compared to the “20-year probation” sentence it received with the penalty. Finally, Computerworld reported yesterday that a federal judge dismissed a privacy lawsuit against LinkedIn that alleged it had violated the Stored Communications Act (more info here) by disclosing the IDs and browsing histories of their users to advertising companies. Mobile App Developers Scoop Up Vast Amounts of Data, Reports Say – NYT – Two new reports this week reveal how app developers are scooping up enormous amounts of data from mobile devices and serving up ads in unlikely places. Privacy Groups Question NTIA's Focus on Mobile Privacy Transparency – PCWorld – The U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration's first step toward developing a consensus on mobile privacy standards may be the wrong step, privacy advocates said.
- Publisher and Ad Representatives Convene in D.C. for Data Privacy Meeting – Folio – IAB and ABM weigh in on the first of a series of meetings between stakeholders.