In December, 23 privacy authorities – many of which are members of the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) – signed an open letter to the operators of seven app marketplaces, urging them to improve consumers’ access to privacy information on mobile apps.
The letter states that:
- Marketplace operators must implement the necessary protections to ensure the privacy practice transparency of apps offered in their stores
This letter comes in light of this year’s privacy sweep which we reported on in September. One observation of particular concern was that 85% of the mobile apps reviewed failed to explain clearly how they were collecting, using and disclosing personal information.