NTIA’s First Step Toward App Privacy Code of Conduct Received with Doubt
Various stakeholders in the US National Telecommunications and Information Administration took a first step toward developing a code of conduct for mobile app transparency in a meeting June 12 by focusing the debate on what becomes of information once collected and deposited by mobile apps.
Berin Szoka, founder of TechFreedom, may agree that NTIA members can provide feedback to mobile app developers, business decisions on privacy practices need however be made “behind closed doors” by people in the industry.
On the other hand, Lawrence Strickling, NTIA’s administrator, said “we had to start somewhere” and having all participants agree on moving toward a mutually set privacy code of conduct is the best first step. NTIA focused on describing as clearly as possible the kind of personal data required by the app, how this info is being used and what other critical data is asked of the user without being essential to the app.