US House of Representatives asks Apple to resolve “privacy labels” problem

In December last year, Apple introduced the so-called “Privacy labels”, i.e. tags placed in the description of the application clearly and clearly informing about what data about the user can be collected and processed. However, it soon turned out that this element did not work as well as it should. Members of the House of Representatives of the States United have written an open letter to Tim Cook asking him to fix the problem as quickly as possible.

The main problem with “privacy labels” is that they are based on information provided by the developers themselves, which is not verified by Apple in any way. The App Store regulations obviously include penalties for providing false information, and Apple officials say the company organizes random checks, but such security measures clearly do not deter rogue developers. Geoffrey Fowler of The Washington Post and Patrick Jackson of Disconnect recently conducted a simple test with the Privacy Pro application, checking dozens of random applications whose “privacy labels” indicated they did not. collect any user data. In fact, however, it turned out that at least a third of them collect information and share it with external companies.

Members of the US House of Representatives, in a letter to Tim Cook, praised Apple’s efforts to provide better protection for users’ privacy, but noted that in its current form, it could be counterproductive. According to them, “privacy labels” based on unverified information give users a false sense of security, exposing them to threats from rogue developers, while undermining the credibility of other safeguards introduced by Apple and honest developers following the App Store rules.

The US House of Representatives asked Apple to immediately resolve the “privacy labels” problem and provide clarification on the details of current user privacy activities. They want to find out, among other things, how exactly the App Store inspections look, how many developers have been brought into responsibility for providing false information and whether Apple informs customers of any changes to the “privacy labels” of their downloaded applications.

Source: house.gov


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