Study Finds Flaws in Proposed Mobile Short-Form Notice

A study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University has found that the mobile app short-form notice currently proposed by participants in the Department of Commerce's privacy multistakeholder process creates confusion among consumers. The draft notice contains a list of data categories for which mobile apps must provide notice, but the study surveyed 800 individuals and found that "participants had low agreement on how different data and entities should be categorized." EPIC has previously pointed out the flaws in privacy notices, recommending last year that the FTC focus on substantive privacy protections instead of notice. For more information, see EPIC: NTIA Multistakeholder Process.

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