Wireless carriers and other parties that sell mobile phones would be required to inform consumers about the presence of monitoring software on handsets under a bill introduced by Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) on Wednesday. Markey, the cochairman of the Bi-Partisan Congressional Privacy Caucus, voiced confidence the legislation “will provide greater transparency into the transmission of consumers’ personal information and empower consumers to say no to such transmissions.” Known as the Mobile Device Privacy Act, the bill responds to privacy concerns that were raised by Markey and other members of Congress when several national wireless carriers admitted late last year that they use “Carrier IQ” software to monitor voice, text and Internet transmissions on subscriber handsets with the goal of offering improved services to their customers. Under the bill, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) would have one year from the date of enactment to adopt regulations that require retailers of wireless devices to disclose the presence of monitoring software at the point of sale or at the signing of a service contract. Retailers would also be required to disclose the capabilities of any monitoring software, with such disclosure to include the “identity of any person to whom any information collected will be transmitted and of any other person with whom such information will be shared.” Parties subject to disclosure requirements would further be required to obtain express consumer consent before the software collects, shares or transmits information. Both the FTC and the FCC would be empowered to enforce these regulations along with state attorneys general and other state officials. Praising the bill as “a common sense solution to privacy concerns,” an official of Free Press said “consumers deserve to know what’s happening behind the scenes on their mobile phones.”