There was a bit of a brouhaha that erupted late last year over Carrier IQ and the information collected by its cell phone tracking software. The noise surrounding Carrier IQ has died down a bit as of late as more information about the software comes out and some companies remove it from their products, but a new bill has been introduced to the House of Representatives in an attempt to prevent a similar situation from cropping up again. The bill, dubbed "The Mobile Device Privacy Act," would require that consumers be made aware of any tracking software on their handsets and would also only allow the software to monitor usage after the user gives his or her consent. The requirements included with the bill are:
It's not a surprise to see that some sort of bill addressing the Carrier IQ mess has been introduced, especially after the situation began gaining attention from folks like Senator Al Franken. Whether or not the bill will actually pass remains to be seen, but I'm sure many folks would appreciate the transparency that it'd bring if it did. We'll keep an eye on it as goes through the paces in the government and let you know of any major developments that occur. What do you all make of this bill? Would you like to see it become a law?