Information Commissioner’s Office: 85% of mobile apps fail to provide basic privacy information

The information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) reports that a review of over 1,200 mobile apps by 26 worldwide privacy regulators has shown that many apps are accessing large amounts of personal data, without explaining adequately how the data is being used.

The research was undertaken by the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) of which the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office is a member.

ICO Group Manager for Technology, Simon Rice, said:

“Apps are becoming central to our lives, so it is important we understand how they work and what they are doing with our information. Today’s results show that many app developers are still failing to provide this information in a way that is clear and understandable to the average consumer.”

The ICO has published a guide called “Privacy in Mobile Apps” to help app developers in the UK handle personal data correctly and meet the requirements of the Data Protection Act.