(The Hosting News) – New Jersey prosecutors are examining whether or not some smartphone apps violate user privacy standards. Such apps may go head-to-head with the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act by failing to disclose information regarding asking users to submit personal information. Information collected could be revealed to third party advertisers.
One of the largest apps known to be included in the probe is by Pandora. The streaming site disclosed to the S.E.C. that it was subpoenaed by the investigation earlier this month. Sources close to the investigation said that prosecutors had asked Apple and Google to disclose information related to applications.
Upon examining over 100 apps, the Wall Street Journal concluded that over 50 apps revealed users’ personal information without proper disclosure. The investigation could eventually result in fines or lawsuits against some app creators.