Rep. Markey introduces app privacy bill


Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) has introduced The Mobile Device Privacy Act, which would require companies to inform consumers if tracking software is installed on their mobile device or included in applications. The bill states that companies must obtain customer consent before monitoring software begins collecting information and transmitting it to third-parties. Companies must also disclose what type of information they will collect, where data will be sent and how it will be used. "Consumers should know and have the choice to say no to software on their mobile devices that is transmitting their personal and sensitive information," Markey said. "This is especially true for parents of children and teens, the fastest growing group of smartphone users. This legislation will provide greater transparency into the transmission of consumers' personal information and empower consumers to say no to such transmission." Release