On Thursday, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) brought the Application Privacy, Protection and Security (APPS) Act 2013 to the floor of the House of Representatives. The bill would require mobile development firms to display their privacy policies, to write data retention policies and to obtain consent from users before giving them access to apps. It will also require developers to delete user data, if requested, after users delete apps from their devices.
In a speech, Johnson said, “We lack basic rights to control how and how much data is collected on our phones and tablets. Data has become the oil of the 21st century, and like any other resource there must be common-sense rules of the road for this emerging challenge.”