The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has published a report highlighting that many of the most popular mobile shopping apps for consumers fail to provide adequate information on how consumer data will be handled. The FTC reviewed 121 different apps including those used for comparison shopping, redeeming deals and allowing consumers to pay in store using mobile devices. It found that, whilst most apps had a privacy policy, it was often vague and gave the app provider broad rights to collect and share a wide range of sensitive data. The report recommends that apps should clearly describe how they collect, use and share data and that app providers should put in place security measures to give proper effect to the terms of the privacy policy.

FTC – What’s the Deal? An FTC Study on Mobile Shopping Apps – August 2014