More Mobile App Privacy Snafus: Hipster Is Uploading Users' Address Books
In retrospect, it was probably inevitable that mobile apps would face a privacy crisis. After all, it's no secret that privacy has never been top-of-mind for tech companies, let alone mobile app developers.
Last year, a study by the Future of Privacy Forum found that just 26% of popular paid mobile apps had policies governing how they collect or share personal data. By January that proportion had improved slightly to one in three, while two out of three free apps had privacy policies in January.
In both cases, the practice was brought to light by independent developers. At this point, there's no telling how many other mobile apps will find themselves in similar -- or worse -- privacy debacles.
CEOs of both apologized yesterday. Path's David Morin promised to delete data it had collected, while the Hipster CEO, Doug Ludlow, said the company will host an app privacy summit next week. That's all well and good, but it's almost certainly too late for the companies to avoid litigation.