US investigating Apple and Android app privacy
Music site Pandora has revealed that US authorities are investigating how apps on Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS use personal data.
The web-based radio site said in a regulatory filing ahead of its IPO that federal authorities wanted details about how data was collected and used.
However, Pandora said it didn’t believe that it was a “specific target of the investigation” and that other subpoenas were sent to other app makers.
“In early 2011, we were served with a subpoena to produce documents in connection with a federal grand jury, which we believe was convened to investigate the information sharing processes of certain popular applications that run on the Apple and Android mobile platforms,” the company said in the filing.
The apparent investigation highlights the increasing concern around the amount of personal data collected by mobile phones.
“Privacy groups and government bodies have increasingly scrutinised the ways in which companies link personal identities and data associated with particular users or devices with data collected through the internet, and we expect such scrutiny to continue to increase,” the company added.