New code of conduct reveals what data apps collect from users

07/25/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Some consumer advocates and application developers have agreed to try out a code of conduct that would give users a detailed list of what data the mobile app collects and shares. Some groups, like the Application Developers Alliance and the ACLU, are pushing for legislation to regulate app transparency. "It's a victory for common sense," the Alliance's Tim Sparapani said about the partnership of consumer and industry groups. Critics say only a small amount of what data is collected is disclosed and would not allow users to opt out or see what records have been collected.

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