FTC | Mobile Privacy Guidelines | Regulatory Doctor
The Federal Trade Commission’s new guidelines to improve mobile privacy for consumers don’t much worry CIO Niel Nickolaisen. A veteran IT professional who currently oversees technology and information at Western Governors University, a fast-growing private, nonprofit university in Salt Lake City, Nickolaisen said he follows the golden rule in his approach to application data privacy.
“If I would not like someone to know something about me, I don’t build that into anything I ask someone else to use,” Nickolaisen said. As long as he is transparent about collecting data, asks customers for permission to collect their data and treats data “with the same respect I would want my data treated,” he figures he’s in the clear. “Of course, the FTC could prove me wrong and issue regulations that prescribe how I do this,” he said. Now that could throw a monkey wrench into the whole mobile ecosystem.