The National Commission for Computing and Liberties (CNIL) will publish recommendations on smartphone applications, which often export much more data than the Internet user is aware, she said Thursday.
The publication of these recommendations to publishers should take place from the second quarter of 2023, when the CNIL will have completed a phase of consultations with the actors of the sector which is in progress, specified an internal source at the institution. When an Internet user uses an application, several categories of actors can use their data: developers, operating system suppliers, application stores, publishers of software kits that come on top of the applications, etc. However, this data processing ” can be opaque”, and the information given to the user “is often unclear”, explained the Cnil in a press release.
In addition, smartphones “carry many sensors more or less known to users (camera, GPS, contact database, accelerometer, etc.) and which can allow applications to access data whose collection can be very intrusive. “, added the CNIL. When its recommendations have been published, the CNIL “will carry out targeted checks” at publishers, “and if necessary it will take repressive action against organizations that do not respect their obligations”, she indicated.
The CNIL will be particularly interested “in applications aimed at vulnerable audiences or processing sensitive data”, such as medical applications, or those intended for children or pregnant women. “It is essential for everyone to be able to control the data to which mobile applications have access”, she underlined. According to figures from the specialized research company App Annie, the French spent an average of 3.6 hours a day on their mobile in 2021, compared to 2.7 in 2019. In Brazil, Indonesia and South Korea, the three countries most addicted to smartphones, the average time spent per day is more than 5 hours.