Franken Tells Google, Apple To Improve Privacy

U.S. Sen. Al Franken has been receiving national notice for his efforts to keep Americans’ privacy rights intact as technology expands.

In recent days, he pressed Apple and Google to require a clear privacy policy for all of their applications. They run the largest application stores for mobile devices such as smart phones and pads.

“Apple and Google have each said time and again that they are committed to protecting users’ privacy,” the Minnesota Democrat wrote in a letter to the companies.  “This is an easy opportunity for your companies to put that commitment into action.”

Franken’s office reported that a recent study found that of the top 340 free apps, fewer than 20 percent included a link to a privacy policy, meaning that users who purchase apps have little knowledge about who is getting their personal information, how it’s being used and who it’s being shared with.