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Lawmakers Support FTC Ideas to Better Protect Privacy, Build Trust in Mobile Marketplace

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Location: Washington, DC

Bi-partisan Privacy Caucus co-Chairs Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Joe Barton (R-Texas) released the following statement after reviewing the Federal Trade Commission's report -- Mobile Privacy Disclosures: Building Trust Through Transparency. In the report the FTC recommends ways that key players in the fast moving mobile marketplace can make sure consumers are informed about data practices.

"The FTC is correct to point out that more must be done to protect the privacy of mobile device users. We believe consumers should have notice and give consent before their personal information is collected or shared. Protecting consumer privacy in the mobile environment is crucial, particularly when it comes to children and teens. We plan to reintroduce the Do Not Track Kids Act this Congress to ensure that our children are fully protected when they go online."

You can read the FTC's report by clicking here.

Reps. Markey and Barton have been the Congressional leaders on providing privacy protections for personal consumer information. The lawmakers 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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