Target: Representative Hank Johnson (D-GA)
Goal: Support Congressman’s efforts to secure mobile app privacy and transparency
Recent increases in internet traffic monitoring have outraged numerous technology sector actors and traditionally liberal and conservative think tanks. The newly proposed Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), presented yet another regulation bill. Following the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), it failed to pass through the Senate last year. We must support continued efforts to keep our online information private.
Representative Hank Johnson (D-GA) recently became a leading proponent of online freedom when he introduced the Application Privacy, Protection and Security Act (APPS Act). At a State of the Mobile Net conference speech last week, Johnson stated that the bill “would require that app developers give effective notice about data collection and obtain consent from consumers before collecting personal data.” With more than one in three Americans using smart phones, according to a 2012 Business Insider article citing Comscore, concern over privacy is an issue transcending socioeconomic and partisan boundaries.
While several members of Congress have continually failed to address internet and mobile device privacy concerns, Representative Johnson protects Americans from unwittingly releasing personal data. Thank Representative Johnson for his advocacy, and support his push for a sensible way to guarantee trust and transparency.
Dear Representative Johnson,
Recent Congressional efforts to monitor and regulate Internet and mobile devices, such as CISPA and SOPA, were met with public outcry and bipartisan political condemnation. Although most Americans understand that cyber-security is increasingly important to overall national security, actual policy proposals sought to achieve these goals at the high cost of individual privacy, corporate transparency, and potentially civil and political freedoms.
Your proposed bill, the Application Privacy, Protection and Security Act of 2013 (APPS Act), marks a new direction for Congressional efforts to ensure safety and privacy for American mobile device users. Critically, legally requiring app developers to provide transparency in their access to and use of personal data, while securely storing already collected data, serves the dual purpose of providing security while ensuring privacy.
Thank you for your efforts, Representative Johnson, and let Congress know we support your view of security and privacy in the online marketplace.
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