What Challenges Developers Face While Design Mobile App Privacy
Android, iPhone and iPad have given rise to a new industry, producing applications for mobile devices. Mobile apps have varying uses for the person, specific being helping one find way out, enabling them to check out list of Restaurants and Hotels etc. Ever wondered how these apps have grown so personal so that one may even start identifying with these. If the question of your privacy infringement too strikes your mind while sharing some information for applicability of these apps, you need to read further.
Of the apps that you might be using, the accomplishment of any task can be ensured in case you provide personal information including contact information, name and passwords at times. Some mobile apps also collect record of users location. In some case, it has been seen that mobile app designers collect information more than what is desired for the successful running of the app. Has it ever occurred to you, that such information can be misused. The privacy aspects of these mobile apps have received little attention and though some mobile apps adhere to privacy policies, the same cannot be said about all the apps that are available. A survey was conducted for over 100 mobile apps and it came out with interesting assumptions. Over 39 of these left sensitive information open in the public preview.
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Sensitive data on these apps was available in the plain text format. Email attachments were also available on others. This leaves a scope for improvement as the information can land up in wrong hands. Better privacy practices need to be incorporated to save the users from a potential fraud. This is a big challenge for the app designers though the same can be tackled by encrypting the users name or the password.
Things Mobile App Developer Need to do
As a mobile app developer, one may be unaware of the fact that certain laws apply to the customer data that has been collected. As an app developer, to deal with any such eventuality the app developers should be devoting efforts towards raising awareness level on laws and legal risks that come along with such app privacy issues.
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Though it might be a challenging task for the app developers but if one is able to come up with any such innovation, things will become easier to manage.
The Location Issue
The use of location data from various mobile devices remains a controversial and sensitive issue. The scenario which is prevalent in current times is that heightened uncertainty prevails on how often and when apps intend to use location data and disclose the same to any other third party. The good news however is that legislation has been introduced in the senate, if one talks about United States. This when approved will require the businesses to obtain users consent before they collect any information about the person through the app. The proposed legislation might not become a law but will pave the way for strict adherence to privacy norms, especially when it comes to collecting third party information through the data that already exists on various mobile apps.
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