A news release by the ICO has announced the publication of the results of a survey by the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) of over 1,200 mobile apps by 26 privacy regulators worldwide. As a member of GPEN, the ICO reviewed 50 of the most popular apps launched by UK developers. The survey found that 85% of the apps reviewed failed to give users adequate information on how they were collecting, using and disclosing personal data and that users of 59% of the apps would find it difficult to locate privacy information. Almost one third of the apps requested permission to access large amounts of additional, excessive personal information.

ICO news release – 10 September 2014