iPhone and Android apps now required to have privacy policies

The makers of the most widely used mobile app stores have agreed to comply with a California law requiring mobile apps that collect personal information to have a privacy policy. California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced the agreement today with Apple and Google, which run the two most popular mobile app stores, as well as Amazon, HP, Microsoft, and Research In Motion.

via ArsTechnica.

Google Tracked iPhones, Bypassing Apple Browser Privacy Settings – WSJ.com

Google Inc. and other advertising companies have been bypassing the privacy settings of millions of people using Apple Inc.s Web browser on their iPhones and computers—tracking the Web-browsing habits of people who intended for that kind of monitoring to be blocked.The companies used special computer code that tricks Apples Safari Web-browsing software into letting them monitor many users. Safari, the most widely used browser on mobile devices, is designed to block such tracking by default.

More on: WSJ.com.

Amazon Big Brother patent knows where you’ll go next…

Amazon gets creepier by the week… :

“A patent, made public last week, covers a system to not only track, through mobile devices Kindle, anyone?, where individuals or aggregated users have been, but determine where theyre likely to go next to better target ads, coupons, or other messages that could appear on a mobile phone or on displays that individuals are likely to see on their routes. The system could also use someones identity to further tailor the marketing according to demographic information.”

See: CBS News.