Apps have become an integral part of our daily lives, but their data collection practices have raised concerns about the privacy and security of users. Therefore, we propose stricter regulations for app data collection and access in the European Union to protect the privacy and personal data of users.
Data collection restrictions:
Apps must limit their data collection to what is necessary for their functionality and may not collect any personal data beyond that. Apps may not collect data on sensitive categories such as race, ethnicity, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, union membership, health, or sexual orientation.
Apps must obtain explicit and informed consent from users before collecting and processing their personal data. This consent must be voluntary, specific, informed, and unambiguous.
Apps must provide clear and concise information about the data they collect, the purpose of data collection, and with whom they share the data.
Apps must take adequate technical and organizational measures to protect the personal data they collect and prevent unauthorized access, disclosure, or misuse. This includes implementing encryption, access controls, and anonymization techniques to secure user data.
Apps must provide users with the ability to access, correct, and delete their personal data. Users have the right to withdraw their consent for data collection and processing at any time. Apps must also provide users with the ability to export their data to other platforms.
To enforce this policy, existing data protection institutions in the European Union will be strengthened and provided with additional resources to ensure monitoring of app data collection practices and enforcement of the policy. These institutions will be authorized to impose penalties and fines for non-compliance, including revocation of the app’s license to operate within the EU.