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Chuck Schumer - keeping those smart phone developers in line

Posted 03-05-2012 at 01:24 PM by hydraMax
Updated 03-05-2012 at 01:42 PM by hydraMax (typo)

FTC asked to investigate Apple and Google over personal data collection

Okay, data privacy is a good thing. But when did it become Chuck Schumer's job to decide what kind of security measures are implemented on smart phones? Schumer states:

Quote:
"[Smartphone] makers should be required to put in place safety measures to ensure third-party applications are not able to violate a user's personal privacy by stealing photographs or data that the user did not consciously decide to make public."
A few questions:

* Does Schumer have the even the slightest understanding of the technical aspects of what is involved in implementing this? And across multiple mobile platforms (iOS, Android, etc.)?

* Does Schumer imagine that Smart Phone developers have never thought of this?

* So, if the government is in charge of deciding how your smart phone can access your data, why not your PC?

Interestingly enough:

Quote:
Schumer noted that it was unclear whether the use of personal information in this way violates the terms of service of the Apple and Android platforms.

"It is not clear whether or how those terms of service are being enforced and monitored," he added.
Does that mean he couldn't figure it out, or he didn't bother to check? This isn't clear from the article. Of course, Schumer is not going to take any time himself to learn about programming or about how smart phones work, so instead he will sick the FTC on the smart phone providers.
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