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Fifth of websites ‘lack privacy protection info’

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Posted August 14, 2013
This picture taken on July 26, 2013 shows a seafood vendor using an iPad at her stand in a market in downtown Hanoi

This picture taken on July 26, 2013 shows a seafood vendor using an iPad at her stand in a market in downtown Hanoi
This picture taken on July 26, 2013 shows a seafood vendor using an iPad at her stand in a market in downtown Hanoi. A fifth of the world’s websites and mobile telephone applications provide no information on how, or if, they protect users’ personal data, a French watchdog said Tuesday.

A fifth of the world’s websites and mobile telephone applications provide no information on how, or if, they protect users’ personal data, a French watchdog said Tuesday.

In collaboration with 19 other countries, France’s national  Cnil in May conducted an audit of more than 2,000 of the world’s most popular websites and apps to evaluate how they inform users of their data collection practices.

“More than 20 percent of the websites and  audited supply no information to their visitors in regard to their policies on data protection even though these sites or applications collect personal information. For mobile applications alone, this number even reached 50 percent,” it said in a statement.

In cases when such policies are not communicated, users “do not have the means to control their data”, Cnil said, adding that even when such policies are available, they are often too general or too focused on specific technical aspects such as cookies.

Internet services routinely install small bits of software, called “cookies”, on users’ computers to store identifying information and to track Internet behaviour.

All the authorities involved in the audit complained that essential information was often withheld, such as the purpose of the data collection or whether the information would be passed on to a third party.

Read more at: Phys.org

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