Here's One Solution for the Mobile Privacy Problem: Open Source It
Last week Jon Potter, President of the Application Developers Alliance, posed an ultimatum to app developers:
The Obama Administration last week hosted a voluntary stakeholder discussion on the topic, with the goal of exploring whether the app makers and consumer advocates work together to create privacy guidelines. "This environment is moving very quickly," says Picciafuoco. "But there are some points that everyone agrees on." Docracy's policy aims to make both sides happy.
The idea is that, similar to the way Creative Commons terms have become accepted and understood by publishers and readers alike, Docracy's open-sourced privacy policies will become recognizable by users. "Even if our model is very rough and just a start, people can start making copies and can tracking attributions, and users will eventually learn that it is the standard in the industry."
It's a bottom-up approach to legal language. If someone doesn't like it, they can branch into a better version they've composed. Even if a war of words break out, it's still more of a fix than a fight.