The Federal Trade Commission released a report on the state of security update processes for mobile devices. Many mobile devices often go without security updates for long periods of time, either due to the length of time it takes to approve and deploy a patch or because the company fails to issue any updates at all. The FTC offered recommendations for improving the process of releasing security updates, including government, industry and advocacy groups working to educate consumers on their role in the process and manufacturers keeping better records about updating their devices. Meanwhile, the agency approved Sears Holding Management’s petition to reopen and modify a 2009 FTC order in which the company was accused of failing to properly disclose the customer data it collected through its software app.
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