Data Protection Commissioners Address "Appification" of Society

By Matt Klinger

Data privacy officials from across the globe gathered in Poland last week for the 35th Annual International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners.  The conference attendees adopted eight resolutions on various privacy issues including a call for increased cross-border cooperation in data privacy investigations and recommended safeguards for parties that engage in profiling

Attendees also adopted a declaration addressing the "appification" of society. The declaration emphasizes that app developers should only collect data necessary for their product's performance and calls on operating system providers to offer more granular privacy settings on mobile devices.  The commissioners warned that if their efforts to encourage better privacy practices regarding apps do not have "sufficient effect," they "will be ready to enforce . . .  legislation in a global effort to reclaim user control."