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New report shows apps remain a dominant force in mobile web

  • 01/04/2014 at 23:45 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Flurry Report Time Spent On Mobile DevicesThe number of people who use their smartphones to access the web has been steadily increasing for years. Now a report from Flurry shows that a great deal of that online mobile interaction is being done through apps, not browsers.

No one who has been watching the steady increase in app popularity will be surprised by this news. Apps remain the primary reason that people buy smartphones, and billions of apps are downloaded every year.

What kind of applications are making up the bulk of these downloads? Flurry breaks it down

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EFF suggests new Privacy Bill of Rights for Mobile Users

EFF LogoThe mobile application world is vast, powerful, and is becoming a more influential technology as each year passes. Unfortunately mobile apps are still relatively new but they have swiftly surpassed all expectations leaving people to scramble in an attempt to set up proper privacy protection rights. Since smartphones and other mobile devices are constantly connected to the internet and are constantly capable of relaying incredibly sensitive user data, it is crucial that carriers, developers, and mobile device manufacturers be held to a strict set of privacy laws that are not quite yet in place.

Despite the fact that there is no set bill of rights for privacy laws that mobile apps and devices should adhere to, there is a basic framework that exists. Below is a basic guide on how consumer privacy should be handled. Electronic Frontier Foundation(EFF) guide is based off of documents such as “Consumer Data Privacy in a Networked World”, and the “Bill of Privacy Rights for Social Network Users”.

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Privacy Protection for Mobile Apps finally on the horizon

Privacy PolicyThe privacy protection of mobile users is big problem these days, especially since many companies are finding loop holes to exploit and further use personal information for advertising and data collection. One area that needed to be updated was the mobile application privacy monitoring.

The Attorney General of California, Kamal Harris, revealed some surprising information about how mobile apps were taking advantage of users and extracting information. One such practice by mobile apps was to go through the user’s address book information and then use that without notifying or even requesting the permission of the user. After complains, concerns, and allegations began to pile up, something is finally being done.

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