The Path social networking app recently stirred a privacy scare among many people. With the pursuit of ensuring safety of users and preventing identity theft, the Congress has taken up the task of curbing those who have rogue privacy policies.
It has been informed that about 34 app developers were recently sent letter by the Congress, asking them to provide detailed information about their privacy policies. These developers have also been asked to inform as to what kind of personal information they seek from the users.
It has come to light that renounced application developers, including Foursquare, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, have been sent the letters. Reps. G. K. Butterfield was reported as saying: “The Path controversy opened up the possibility that perhaps the mobile app space isn’t doing enough to inform users about these issues”.
Last month, it was discovered that Path’s iOS was collecting a number of personal information which included their addresses. However, the users were not aware about it. The authorities are concerned that by such practices, the personal information of users could be used by mischievous people. Therefore, the Congress has geared up to ensure that the safety of the users of various applications is not being jeopardized with.
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