Inaugural 2013

A couple days ago we told you about Inaugural 2013 -- a very nicely done app from the Presidential Inaugural Committee that had a pretty peculiar privacy policy, and on the surface looked like a nonpartisan app about the Inauguration. The folks at PIC (The Presidential Inaugural Committee) have clarified their privacy policy a bit with the Washington Post, and want to let everyone know you don't have to share anything with anyone.

Contrary to some concerns, the app only collects one sort of user data: cellphone numbers that users voluntarily share and can opt out of sharing, for use in sending texts to users – such as late-breaking changes and emergency updates. The app has no way to collect e-mails, names or other personal information from users.

The original privacy policy (since replaced in Google Play with a generic page from AT&T) still allows the sharing of any information, but PIC is saying they won't collect any unless you opt-in to use all the services the application offers. If you don't want or need to use any of the location or alert portions of the app, and instead only use the news and video portions, nothing can be collected and shared with third parties.

What's not readily apparent, but certainly notable, is that there are numerous links to the PIC website that encourages users to submit information that will be shared under the original PIC privacy policy.

It's a better situation than we originally thought, as the Inaugural news and video portions of the application could be useful. We're still not ready to recommend this one, but we did want to advise everyone of the Presidential Inaugural Committee's response to privacy concerns and criticism.

Source: Washington Post

 
There are 4 comments

Dan29466 says:

so, wait... the app has permission to harvest your personal info, but they pinky-swear that they won't do that. Seems legit. After all, it would be completely ridiculous to think that they might just ask the user to type in his phone number so that the app wouldn't need that permission at all.

mdmitchell13 says:

Paranoid much?

Dan29466 says:

Trolling, or too dumb to understand the original concerns about the app?

DWR_31 says:

This is still the U.S. Government we're dealing with, the same government that went after a child genius because he was pro "Free Internet". The same government that was going to give him 50 years for giving us access to public documents.

The same government that bullied this "for the people" genius into committing suicide.

They're gonna take your information anyway. Don't be a putts and just give it to them.