Most Read: Business

 Last Update: : AM 04/18/2015(NASDAQ&DJIA)

World Markets from      


Other Market Data from      


Key Rates from      


Blog Contributors

Timothy B. Lee

Timothy B. Lee

Timothy B. Lee covers technology policy, including copyright and patent law, telecom regulation, privacy, and free speech. He also writes about the economics of technology. He has previously written for Ars Technica and Forbes. You can follow him on Twitter or send him email.

Brian Fung

Brian Fung

Brian Fung covers technology for The Washington Post, focusing on electronic privacy, national security, digital politics and the Internet that binds it all together. He was previously the technology correspondent for National Journal and an associate editor at the Atlantic. His writing has also appeared in Foreign Policy, Talking Points Memo, the American Prospect and Nonprofit Quarterly. Follow Brian on Google+ .

Andrea Peterson

Andrea Peterson

Andrea Peterson covers technology policy for The Washington Post, with an emphasis on cybersecurity, consumer privacy, transparency, surveillance and open government. She also delves into the societal impacts of technology access and how innovation is intertwined with cultural development.

Post Tech
About / Where's Post I.T.?   |    Twitter  |   On Facebook  |  RSS RSS Feed  |  E-Mail Cecilia
Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 05/19/2011

Commerce privacy hearing to focus on kids, apps

The Senate Commerce Consumer Protection subcommittee will focus on kids’ privacy in a hearing Thursday on consumer protection in the mobile market.

On Wednesday, Commerce chair Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.) sent letters to Apple and Google asking how well their apps and the apps in their mobile application stores comply with the Child Online Privacy Protection Act.

COPPA focuses on protecting children 13 and under, leaving teens — among the most prolific users of mobile technology — in a vulnerable position, The Washington Post reported.

In written testimony released before the hearing, Common Sense Media’s Amy Guggenheim Shenkan said teens should be explicitly protected by clear and transparent privacy laws, and that parents and kids should have the right to delete young users’ personal online information.

The panel will look closely at apps, a Senate aide familiar with the hearing said. The app industry is still an emerging one and presents unique challenges on privacy, such as how best to display company policies on smartphone screens, and many developers may not even be aware of how their apps interact with privacy law.

Representatives from Apple and Google will be asked how the firms, as the companies that produce the platforms for apps, can provide the best choices and privacy notices for customers.

Bret Taylor, chief technology office at Facebook, will also speak before the panel. The social network produces one of the largest location-based apps on the market.

Privacy is getting a lot of attention on the Hill this session. Last week, Apple and Google were grilled on their privacy policies regarding geolocation data by the Senate Judiciary privacy subcommittee. There are also several bills on online privacy, including a comprehensive “Online Bill of Rights” from Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.), and a Do Not Track Kids bill from Reps. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Joe Barton (R-Tx.) unveiled last week.

By  |  09:48 AM ET, 05/19/2011

Read what others are saying

    © 2011 The Washington Post Company