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FTC Releases Recommendations for Mobile Privacy Disclosures

by Richard Santalesa, Information Law Group, February 4, 2013

“… the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) last Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, issued a new 36-page staff report, Mobile Privacy Disclosures: Building Trust Through Transparency, that recaps the FTC’s previous mobile and online privacy related efforts and distills its latest recommendations for clearly and transparently informing users about mobile data practices in the “rapidly expanding mobile marketplace. … Rather than highlighting merely one facet of the mobile world, the Report cements the FTC’s broad interest in improving privacy disclosures across the entire “mobile ecosystem” in recognition of the mushrooming growth, use and capabilities of mobile devices and smartphones. Today it calls upon apps developers, OS providers, carriers, advertisers and mobile device makers.”

For a copy of the FTC Mobile Privacy Disclosures report, click here.

For full text of this review article, visit FTC Releases Recommendations for Mobile Privacy Disclosures | InfoLawGroup.

The Next Generation Of Maps

by Tom Ashbrook, On Point, The Next Generation Of Maps

Time was, a good map was rolled out in captain’s quarters on a rolling sea or a king’s table far from the front. … Flash forward to the smartphone in your pocket, the apps all over, the future rushing at us, and we’ve got maps gone wild. Cartography on digital steroids. Maps loaded with terabytes of data. 3D maps. Maps you can zoom over, zoom into. Walk through. Now Google and Apple are squaring off over the next great map frontier. …


  • Steven Levy, a senior writer at Wired magazine and author of In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives.
  • Darin Jensen, a cartographer and Professor of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • David Heyman, cartographer and co-founder of Axis Maps, a group that designs custom and interactive maps for the digital age.

To listen to the podcast, visit NPR’s On Point at The Next Generation Of Maps | On Point with Tom Ashbrook.

Apple Enters Mobile Map World, Stepping Up Rivalry With Google

by Quentin Hardy, NYT, June 17, 2012

Get ready for the mobile map wars. … So far, Google has reigned supreme in the mobile map world, with its maps on every iPhone sold so far — and, of course, on every phone based on its own Android operating system. Last week, though, Apple gave notice it would enter the battle, announcing that in the fall, its phones would no longer carry Google maps, but instead would have Apple’s own map service built in, part of its new mobile operating system. … The question is: Can Apple build a map service that does as good a job, or a better one, than Google has?

For full text of the article, visit Apple Enters Mobile Map World, Stepping Up Rivalry With Google – NYTimes.com.

The Great Tech War Of 2012 | Fast Company

By Farhad Manjoo, Fast Company, October 19, 2011

Apple, Facebook, Google, and Amazon battle for the future of the innovation economy.

Gilbert Wong, the mayor of Cupertino, California, calls his city council to order. “As you know, Cupertino is very famous for Apple Computer, and we’re very honored to have Mr. Steve Jobs come here tonight to give a special presentation,” the mayor says. “Mr. Jobs?” And there he is, in his black turtleneck and jeans, shuffling to the podium to the kind of uproarious applause absent from most city council meetings. It is a shock to see him here on ground level, a thin man amid other citizens, rather than on stage at San Francisco’s Moscone Center with a larger-than-life projection screen behind him. He seems out of place, like a lion ambling through the mall. …

For full text of the article, visit The Great Tech War Of 2012 | Fast Company.

The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovation

Innovative capabilities are not innate, argues Harvard Business School Professor Clay Christensen and INSEAD Professor Hal Gregersen and their co-author in The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators. Anyone can master disruptive innovation by developing five skills:
  1.  Associating: Drawing connections among questions, problems, or ideas from unrelated fields.
  2.  Questioning: Posing queries that challenge common wisdom.
  3.  Observing: Scrutinizing the behavior of customers, suppliers, and competitors to identify new ways of doing things.
  4.  Experimenting: Constructing interactive experiences and provoking unorthodox responses to see what insights emerge.
  5.  Networking: Mixing with people who have different ideas and perspectives.

Another Court Dismisses for Lack of Standing in iPhone Application and Privacy Litigation

by Bret Cohen, HL Chronicle of Data Protection, September 23, 2011

Summary: The trend towards dismissal for lack of standing in privacy cases where no concrete harm is alleged continues.  On a motion to dismiss, a group of consolidated privacy lawsuits against Apple and others in the Northern District of California have been dismissed for lack of standing due to the absence of any allegation of concrete injury.  The court rejected attempts to invent new damage theories and while leave to re-file was granted, the court made clear the high standards of pleading required for standing and also highlighted the other pleading defects in the case that would be disabling were the plaintiffs to try again. For full text of article, visit:

Another Court Dismisses for Lack of Standing a Group of Privacy Cases Where Plaintiffs Failed to Allege Concrete Harm; Other Defects Noted : HL Chronicle of Data Protection.

Five Location-Tracking Rights You Should Demand – Informationweek

Thanks to Kevin Pomfret for passing this one along:

By Robert Strohmeyer, InformationWeek, September 02, 2011 09:15 AM

… Location data ranks among the most personal types of information our devices can reveal about us, with the potential to expose where we work, where live, where we drop our kids off for school. As users, we have a right to protect that data from interlopers, including the companies that supply our mobile devices and services. Here are five basic rights that all users should demand from manufacturers and carriers that offer location-aware devices. …

For full text of the article and the five rights, visit 5 Location-Tracking Rights You Should Demand – Mobility – Smartphones – Informationweek.

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