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FTC fines Path $800,000 for privacy breach, issues new mobile guidelines

The Federal Trade Commission issued new guidelines in an effort to increase transparency in how mobile app developers, app stores and other industry players store information about users. The news comes on the heels of another FTC announcement: Social networking app Path was fined $800,000 for violating the privacy of its underage users. 

Proposed bill would enable mobile phone users to delete app-collected data

Proposed legislation in Congress would enable mobile phone users to direct mobile application developers to delete personal data already collected and to stop collecting personal information once the user stops using the application.

Data brokers under FTC microscope

The Federal Trade Commission said this week it is investigating nine companies known as "data brokers" regarding their use of consumer information for profit without consumers' knowledge or consent.

Twitter developers urge FTC to probe new restrictions on third-party apps

Developers are petitioning the Federal Trade Commission to investigate new Twitter guidelines limiting how third-party clients leverage the microblogging platform.

Facebook earns FTC approval for Instagram acquisition, value drops $253M

More than four months after Facebook announced an agreement to acquire photo-sharing application Instagram, the deal has finally earned Federal Trade Commission approval.

Lawmaker urges FTC to probe iOS, Android privacy breaches

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is urging the Federal Trade Commission to investigate recent reports that mobile applications running Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS and Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android can

FTC to Apple, Google: Apps for kids must disclose data privacy practices

Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) App Store, Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android Market and their mobile application developer partners must provide parents with greater insight into the data collection practices of

Lawmaker Markey unveils Mobile Device Privacy Act

Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) released a discussion draft of the proposed Mobile Device Privacy Act, which would require wireless operators and their partners to notify subscribers if they employ

Sprint, HTC update phones to eliminate Carrier IQ software

Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) is making good on promises to remove Carrier IQ software from devices across its network, teaming with manufacturing partner HTC to develop a firmware update that targets the

Sprint disables Carrier IQ across all phones

Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) has disabled Carrier IQ's controversial mobile analytics measurement tool across all devices on its network. "We have weighed customer concerns, and we have disabled use of the