Rep. Johnson Floats App Privacy Bill

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) has circulated a discussion
draft of the Application Privacy, Protection and Security Act of 2013,

which would require affirmative opt-ins for data collection.

The goal of the bill is to provide for more transparency,
user control and security for user data collected by mobile applications by
requiring clear notice of the terms of use, including any sharing of that data
with third parties, and affirmative consent of the users, as well as a
mechanism for withdrawing that consent that will stop the data collection.

The Federal Trade Commission would be authorized to
establish via regulation the format, manner and timing of the notice.

There would be a safe harbor for app developers who agree to
abide by a voluntary code of conduct if one is eventually produced through a
multistakeholder process convenedearlier this year by the National Telecommunications and InformationAdministration in an effort to flesh out the Administration's privacy bill
of rights.

The White House has charged NTIA, its chief telecom policy
adviser, with getting stakeholders together on a voluntary privacy bill of
rights enforceable by the Federal Trade Commission.

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.