04.29.2011 11:00 AM
Senate Commerce Chairman Announces Hearing on Mobile Protection and Privacy
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John D.
(Jay) Rockefeller IV has announced a hearing on consumer protection and privacy in the mobile
marketplace, to be held in May.
“Modern technology has connected people around the world and led to great
innovations, helpful products and new experiences,” Rockefeller said. “But with
new portable technologies consumers are encountering a mobile marketplace that
collects and uses a wide range of personal information--often with inadequate
or untimely disclosure. Reports of mobile devices tracking the location of
users is just the latest in a string of concerns raised in the mobile
marketplace. This committee has investigated this in the past, and it is
appropriate to review it again. That is why I intend to hold a hearing on this
issue next month. Consumers deserve to know exactly what information is being
collected about them, how it is being used, and should be able to say no to
undesired collection of information. Concentration in the mobile platform
market raises further concerns about whether or not competition will drive
The May hearing on mobile privacy will be the Commerce Committee’s sixth
hearing on consumer privacy in the past year.