Dark Reading: With iOS’s Privacy Nutrition Label, Apple Upstages Regulators

New iOS privacy features require developers to disclose what data they’re collecting, how they’re using it, and with whom they share it.

In 2012, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) convened a series of meetings that were intended to develop a legally enforceable code of conduct to provide transparency in how companies providing applications and interactive services for mobile devices handle personal information. This multistakeholder process sought input from companies, researchers, advocates, trade groups, and the like.

One of the initial proposals for a code of conduct came from a group of Carnegie Mellon researchers at the Cylab Usable Privacy and Security Lab and a security researcher at Microsoft, who had released a paper in 2009 that promoted the idea of a “privacy nutrition label” as a de facto standard to be used by all app developers.