In step with President Obama, the California Attorney General reaches signed agreement on consumer privacy
California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris signs accord with major IT companies (photo Government of California)
Within hours of President Obama’s announcement of the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, the State Attorney General of California, Kamala D. Harris, announced an accord to protect consumers’ privacy. (Related: Internet Privacy Gets White House Attention)
Signing on the accord negotiated with the Federal Department of Justice were Microsoft, Google, Apple, Amazon, RIM and HP. The agreement also includes major mobile service providers and is global in scope.
The recent scandals among computer giants like Apple, Google and Facebook have the concern of the President and he intends to move both to carry out new regulations with the Department of Commerce and propose new laws in Congress. Continue reading →
Inquiry by US Congress forces Apple to admit it has been stealthily harvesting iPhone users private date
ComputerWorld – US Congressmen Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook asking him about iOS apps that have harvested users’ address book information without permission.
Shortly after two U.S. Congressmen asked Apple to answer questions about iPhone and iPad apps that snatch users’ contact lists without permission, the Cupertino, Calif. company promised it will address the issue with a future software update. Continue reading →