Three of the biggest names in tech are now coming together to help support an effort from their smaller counterparts to limit government intervention in the online world.
Apple, Facebook and Google, as well as several other organizations, are trying to prevent the federal government from enacting overarching privacy protocols for all companies that handle consumers' personal information on mobile devices, according to a report from the Boston Business Journal
. For instance, the U.S. Department of Commerce will soon start building a code of conduct for the ways companies will have to disclose privacy policies for those handsets, including what data is being collected and how it's being used.
The three giants argue that the onus should be on companies developing the technology consumers use, not the government, the report said. They say they are working together to create voluntary privacy safeguards for their industry. Eduard Goodman
, chief privacy officer for Identity Theft
911, writes regularly about the privacy issues consumers face when using mobile devices, and what they can do to increase their protection.
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