April 5th, 2013 | Jonathan Godfrey
ACT 4 Apps, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, and the University of California Hastings have joined together to present the Future of Privacy+Innovation – a conference exploring the evolving privacy framework impacting the app marketplace. Recent changes in the regulatory environment are requiring developers to meet new privacy standards for notice and transparency. Wednesday’s conference will address developers’ questions and concerns with guidance from top government officials like California Attorney General Kamala Harris and the FTC’s Laura Berger; industry leaders including Facebook, TRUSTe, Mozilla, and ACT 4 Apps; consumer advocates EFF; and other privacy experts. The Future of Privacy+Innovation conference is the latest effort by ACT 4 Apps to ensure app makers understand their responsibilities regarding user privacy and possess the necessary resources to meet them.
Future of Privacy+Innovation Conference
Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 9am – 3:30pm PDT
Runway Workspace: 1355 Market Street #488, San Francisco, CA 94102
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March 20th, 2013 | Jonathan Godfrey
ACT applauds Representatives Howard Coble and Judy Chu for establishing the new Congressional Creative Rights Caucus. We are honored to be invited as a stakeholder participant and fully support the organization’s mission to preserve and protect the rights of the creative community.
As content is increasingly accessed on mobile devices, we are faced with new concerns about copyrighted material. The app marketplace has emerged as an amazing economic force creating over 500,000 jobs since its inception five years ago. Innovation is taking place at a rapid pace, but the steep rise in app piracy threatens to stunt the development of the mobile economy. We look forward to working with the Congressional Creative Rights Caucus and other stakeholders to address this issue and other concerns facing creative industries.
March 19th, 2013 | Morgan Reed
Happtique CEO Ben Chodor
Today the House Energy and Commerce Committee
addressed technology innovation that will change people’s lives. Advances in mobile technology are revolutionizing patient access to health care information. With a smartphone or tablet connected to a medical device, patients can measure their blood pressure, glucose levels, and other vital statistics at home and transmit them regularly to their physician. This allows doctors to track conditions that require frequent monitoring like hypertension, diabetes, and sleep apnea. With more diagnostic data, doctors can spot the early signs of adverse conditions and take preventive measures to improve health outcomes.
ACT member Happtique was invited to testify at today’s hearing based on its leadership in the mobile medical app community. Founded by the Greater New York Hospital Association, Happtique created the Health App Certification Program to review and certify apps that physicians can prescribe. We provided guidance in this effort and were pleased that Happtique found ACT’s assistance critical.
Happtique’s efforts to make the benefits of mobile medical apps more widely available depends heavily on users’ confidence and trust. Requiring apps to be tested by medical professionals and ensuring they meet strict guidelines for accuracy and privacy is important for the success of the mHealth marketplace. We are pleased to support Happtique’s work to meet these standards and share the position expressed today by CEO Ben Chodor that regulatory clarity from the FDA is urgently needed for mobile health apps to succeed.
Learn more about ACT member Happtique’s Health App Certification Program.