Federal officials examine whether apps makers violate privacy laws

04/5/2011 | CNNMoney · Wall Street Journal, The

The U.S. government has launched an investigation to determine whether developers of smartphone applications have broken any laws in the way they acquire and share personal consumer data. Music-streaming site Pandora is among those subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury on the matter. Research has shown that some Android and iPhone apps collect more information from users than they have disclosed, while a study conducted by The Wall Street Journal found that more than half of 101 apps tested shared identifying user information with outside companies without the user's consent.

View Full Article in:

CNNMoney · Wall Street Journal, The

Published in Brief: