• On September 12, 2012, Rep. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., introduced HR 6377, the Mobile Device Privacy Act, that would require disclosures to consumers about any monitoring software on their mobile phones and prior consent from the consumer before the software is activated. Markey is Co-Chairman of the Bi-Partisan Congressional Privacy Caucus. The bill comes in response to reports last year about “Carrier IQ,” software installed on many mobile phones that can relay information about the user’s activities. The proposed bill would require disclosure of the types of information that could be collected, who the information will be shared with, and how it will be used. The bill would authorize enforcement actions by both the FCC and FTC, and by state attorneys general or other state officials. It would also authorize private rights of actions by injured parties. HR 6377 is available here.