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Posts Tagged ‘Delta app privacy lawsuit’

Use Clueful to Find Out if Your Favorite App is Collecting Your Personal Data

Clueful is a handy webapp that can help you identify what information your apps are collecting. The app was created by the security company  Bitdefender, but was removed by Apple from the app store in July of 2012. Since then, Bitdefender has been offering Clueful as a standalone webapp.

Apple’s app store is known to remove malicious apps, though it seems dubious to select an app that offers something the app store doesn’t – privacy clarity. Unlike Google Play, the app store does not clearly define privacy information for each app. This webapp version of Clueful is the easiest and fastest way to see what kind of data each app is siphoning from your phone.

Apple’s choice to remove the app is disconcerting given the latest privacy controversy with Path and Google. Path was collecting entire address book data from users and storing the information on its servers – all without users’ consent. One user noted that the practice of collecting users’ data was completely antithetical to its stated privacy policy:

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California AG Is Suing Delta Airlines Over App Privacy Issue

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has filed a lawsuit against Delta Airlines claiming that airline’s mobile app does not comply with the state’s Online Privacy Protection Act.

The Fly Delta app lets users check in to flights online, view reservations, pay for checked baggage, access their frequent flyer account, and event take photos. According to Harris, the airline does not offer users a clear privacy policy. The complaint claims, “California law is clear that mobile apps collecting personal information need privacy policies, and that the users of those apps deserve to know what is being done with their personal information.”

According to the complaint, even though Delta has a privacy policy on its website, the company doesn’t have a clear privacy policy for the Fly Delta app specifically. The suit, which was filed in San Francisco Superior Court, wants to stop Delta from distributing the app without a privacy policy and penalties of up to $2,500 for each violation. Read more