Rep. Johnson posts AppRights privacy bill

Jan 17, 2013 Issues: Consumer Protection, Economy and Jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Georgia Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) today released the discussion draft of the APPS Act, a bill to increase consumer privacy on mobile devices, via

AppRights is a web-based legislative project launched in July 2012 that opened a public conversation about how Congress can help ensure the privacy and security of mobile device users.

Amidst the growing clamor for federal action to safeguard consumers’ privacy and security, Congressman Johnson used the feedback to solicit ideas from the public and keep Americans in the loop as he explored how federal law could better protect app users’ rights.

“Because the majority of the feedback that we received on AppRights expressed strong support for user control, transparency, and security, we incorporated these principles into the bill,” said Johnson.  

“Many of you also told us that simple mechanisms are important to protecting your privacy on mobile devices.  After listening to these concerns, we have written provisions to address these concerns without threatening the functionality or integrity of the mobile apps that you love.”

For more on the project or to join the online mobile privacy discussion: visit and to interact via Twitter (@AppRightsUS) and Facebook.