Following up on a report of a U.S. investigation into potential privacy violations by makers of mobile phone applications, ZDNet Australia asks the questions, "How many app makers share user data without the user's knowledge? Does this make smartphones useless for privacy-conscious users?" The report suggests that all app makers could be vulnerable to such charges. The U.S. investigation could result in criminal charges and is significant to note, according to legal experts, because "federal criminal probes of companies for online privacy violations are rare."
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