New smart devices and the ever-expanding variety of apps that enable them to offer incredible connected services are coming at us from all angles, with consumers lining up to try them out. In this mad haste to have the latest and newest connected gadget, consumers are also incurring privacy risks like never before.
A new report conducted by the Global Privacy Enforcement Network concludes that those privacy concerns are well-founded. More than half of the apps reviewed by the group raised significant privacy concerns: not disclosing how personal data is handled, requiring the user to give up excessive personal data and not explaining privacy policies in a legible manner.
Considering how Apple’s recent new product announcements and the increased concern over data security and privacy was met with “Nothing to look at here” by their CEO, it is no wonder that this issue is coming to a head with informed consumers that have legitimate privacy concerns and nowhere to turn for a solution any time soon.
Source: Do Your Apps Respect Your Privacy? Probably Not, New Report Says – Wall Street Journal