Mobile apps will have to disclose how private data will be used before download under new agreement.

This article titled “Tech giants agree to new privacy rules” was written by Charles Arthur, for on Thursday 23rd February 2012 07.52 UTC

Six of the world’s top consumer technology companies – including Apple, Google and Microsoft – have agreed that apps will provide greater privacy disclosures before users download them so as to protect consumers’ personal data, California’s attorney general said on Wednesday.

The move comes amid increasing criticism over “data grabs” by a number of third-party applications which don’t offer clear disclosure about how much of a user’s personal data such as their address book they will store on their servers.

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