When first launching AppRights in July, Congressman Hank Johnson pledged to have an open conversation about privacy on mobile devices. This bottom-up approach to mobile privacy has demonstrated that individuals are passionate about being able to control their privacy, ensure their data is secure, and understand what data an app collects on their mobile device.
This feedback provided much insight, coalescing around widely-accepted principles that are backed by ample public support. The FTC reported similar public concerns in 1998, while studies by the Pew Internet & American Life demonstrate that individuals demand accountability, security, control, and transparency.
After hearing back from many of you, the Congressman has worked hard to galvanize these principles into thoughtful proposals for mobile privacy legislation. These proposals address your primary concerns by creating a legislative framework for control, security, and transparency on mobile devices.
Starting this week, we will release each provision of the bill that relates to these principles. Because we received the most input on user control, we will begin the discussion this Wednesday with the control provision. After a two-week comment period, we will post the next provision. Once we have reviewed the major principles, we will issue another legislative transparency report that examines the feedback that we receive.
We will continue to keep AppRights open and transparent by posting discussions on the meetings that we have with stakeholders and public-interest groups. Above all, we will continue to listen. By sharing your thoughts with us through our secure form at AppRights.us, or interacting with us on Facebook or Twitter, we will work together to find the right solutions to each issue.