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Phone apps may share information
Smart phone apps can make life easier, putting dozens of useful tools in the palm of your hand. But consumers need to make sure the apps they download don’t take more information than they need to do the job.
Goldenshores Technologies has agreed to settle the FTC charges. The settlement goes on to prohibit the company from misrepresenting how users’ information is collected and shared and how much control users have over the way the information is shared. It also requires defendants to obtain consumers’ affirmative express consent before collecting, using and sharing information.
Follow these important tips:
•Research companies and apps before downloading;
•Opt out of location sharing when prompted;
•Periodically check all privacy settings on your smart phone and keep them set as high as you can without altering the functions of your apps;
•Update your apps when a new version comes out; often app updates fix “bugs” from earlier versions;
•Delete apps you no longer use from your phone.
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