Grand Jury Investigating Smartphone Apps
Maybe you aren’t just being paranoid.
1:47 PM, Apr 6, 2011 • By EMILY SCHULTHEIS
The Wall Street Journal reports that online music provider Pandora has been subpoenaed in a grand jury investigation of information sharing linked to its smartphone application. This is apparently part of a much larger investigation into the abuse of app capabilities, in which companies are using their apps to access information about users in order to send the information to other companies:
App companies who gather and distribute information related to their users would be in violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the Journal reports. Given the proliferation of smartphones and the information they hold (including the phone-holder’s exact location), it would not be surprising to learn that companies are using their apps to profit from sharing customer information with advertisers and others.