Mobile Device Privacy Act Introduced : Privacy and Security Law Blog

Mobile Device Privacy Act Introduced

By Bob Scott and Ronnie London

On September 12, 2012, Congressman Markey (D-Mass.) introduced the Mobile Device Privacy Act, H.R. 6377, which requires the FTC to regulate all mobile applications and devices, as well as mobile phone manufacturers and sellers, and mobile app developers. Representative Markey introduced this bill despite ongoing mobile privacy stakeholder negotiations conducted by NTIA, the process favored by the Administration and adopted by the FTC itself in its Final Report on consumer privacy. The bill’s exclusion of all non-mobile technology likewise rejects the stated intention of the Administration and the FTC for technology-neutral privacy protection. Moreover, the bill is not limited to practices affecting “personal” information: all information potentially collected via mobile phones or mobile apps, no matter how benign or technical, is treated as if it is personal data…

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