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    Atlantic: Infographic: Do You Care About Privacy on Your Cell Phone?

    The Atlantic has an infographic about privacy on smartphones. Recently, there’s been a lot of discussion about geolocation privacy since news broke concerning researchers’ revelations about the tracking and storage of users’ location data on Apple iPhones and 3G-enabled iPad tablets, as well as location tracking on Google Android devices. Also, there was a detailed report in the New York Times in March about how much personally identifiable data wireless companies collect about their customers and their phone use.

    Several bills have been introduced in Congress. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced the “Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance (GPS) Act of 2011″ (GPO pdf; archive pdf; THOMAS status link for H.R. 2168). Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), chairman of the subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced the Location Privacy Protection Act of 2011 (Franken pdf; archive pdf).

    Here’s what the Atlantic has to say:

    This infographic, designed by Lookout Mobile Security and examining consumer behaviors when it comes to smartphone use, presents a bit of a contradiction. Those surveyed by the sources for this graphic claim to be concerned about their privacy, but they rarely bother taking the necessary steps to protect it. It sheds “light on the mentality of letting privacy slip for the sake of convenience,” according to Technology Spectator‘s Alexander Liddington-Cox. [...]

    Here, we sort through the clutter and pull out some of our favorite facts and figures:

    • Ninety-seven percent of smartphone users agree that privacy is a top concern on the mobile phone, as is knowing what type of information is collected and the ability to control what is shared.
    • Ninety-nine percent of people think that privacy is important, but only 52 percent of smartphone users have read the privacy policy of a mobile application.

    Find out more and see the infographic at the Atlantic.

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