NTIA to address mobile security in upcoming meetings
The U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will be working with mobile carriers, app developers and other stakeholders in a series of meetings starting in July in an effort to create mobile privacy standards, according to Computer World.
The main focus will start with transparency of the privacy practices of mobile applications, which was determined to be the biggest concern for consumers.
The NTIA selected mobile privacy "as an initial topic because it is a privacy challenge that affects many consumers yet is discreet enough to be addressed in a reasonable period of time," NTIA Administrator Lawrence Strickling wrote in a blog post, the news source reports. "Many of you agreed. We expect the stakeholder experience in developing a code of conduct on this topic will inform future efforts to develop codes that address other privacy issues."
President Barack Obama's administration has been pushing a privacy bill of rights to be developed by Congress. In February, the administration started to talk to businesses and other groups to draft privacy codes to work off of, the news outlet reports.
According to the National Journal, even though other groups are on board with the privacy codes, the Interactive Advertising Bureau is asking officials to take into account which policies are already in place.
In the meantime, individuals may want to implement their own mobile privacy protections on their cellphones and other devices. For instance, opting for an additional phone number can help separate your contacts, so that family and friends call one number, while acquaintances and co-workers call another. This way, your personal number is not given out to individuals who may not be trustworthy.