After launching AppRights last June, Congressman Johnson has asked what you think about mobile privacy, what you value, and what rights should be protected by law. The overwhelming majority of the feedback on AppRights confirmed that Congress should act to protect consumers’ privacy on mobile devices.
You told us that you wanted simple controls over privacy on devices, security to prevent data breaches, and notice and information about data collection on the device.
And we listened.
After an open and honest dialogue, Congressman Johnson today introduced the bipartisan Application Privacy, Protection and Security (APPS) Act of 2013 (H.R. 1913), a bill to increase consumer privacy on mobile devices:
The APPS Act would require that app developers give effective notice about data collection and obtain consent from consumers before collecting personal data. Trust in the mobile marketplace is crucial to its continued growth. Transparency is the cornerstone of this trust.
The APPS act would also require that developers securely maintain personal data. And it would give consumers a clear way to permanently delete their personal data once they stop using an app.
John Simpson, Privacy Project Director at Consumer Watchdog, calls the APPS Act “a significant and important step forward in protecting consumers' privacy.” Susan Grant, Director of Consumer Protection at Consumer Federation of America, agrees: “This bill is a common-sense approach to an urgent problem – millions of consumers are using mobile applications for a host of activities, some very personal, and yet they lack basic rights with respect to the data that may be collected about them.”