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Barton Commends New Mobile App Guidelines, Still Has Privacy Concerns

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Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), co-chair of the Congressional Bipartisan Privacy Caucus, issued the following statement after reviewing the new voluntary guidelines for mobile apps released recently by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

"I commend the work that has been done by the privacy multi-stakeholder process to develop a code of conduct for transparency in mobile applications. I believe that short form notices are a great way for app developers to inform the consumer of data collection and sharing practices, but what about data storage practices? Would app developers not also store data?

While this code of conduct is a great model for app developers, it is unfortunately just a model. Developers still have the choice to do what they want with your information. They don't have to inform users of any data collection or sharing practices. In my opinion, this does not suffice.

I will continue to work with my colleagues to champion the importance of individual privacy in the digital age. Everyone deserves to know, and consent to, how their personal information is being collected, stored, shared, and sold."

Rep. Barton is co-founder of the Congressional BiPartisan Privacy Caucus and is a leader in Congress on providing privacy protections for personal consumer information. He and other members of the caucus have investigated the data privacy and security practices of Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, College Board, Groupon, the four major wireless carriers, and the Social Security Administration, among other entities.


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