Consumers signal concern about use of smartphone data

Smartphones continually open up new frontiers for convenient access to intelligence and specialized functions, but the general public still feels wary about control of their personal information through use of such devices.

In a Consumer Reports survey released this week, 65 percent of smartphone owners said they were very concerned that apps could access their contacts, photos, location and other data on their devices without their permission.

Consumers Union, the public policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, submitted the survey results to the National Telecommunication and Information Administration as public comment on a proposal to develop voluntary codes of conduct for consumer data privacy.

Ioana Rusu, regulatory counsel for Consumers Union, commented, “Your personal data ought to be treated with respect, and you ought to have more of a say in how it’s used.”

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