"The commission's new report only deserves a grade of incomplete," he said by email. "Business models that have developed for mobile payments already raise troubling issues for consumers -- from privacy to unfair practices. The commission is still not willing to examine critically the mobile payment business practices that require regulatory safeguards."
In addition to the recommendations for carriers, the report called on mobile payment processors to increase security measures to protect sensitive personal data. Companies in the mobile payment industry should also develop new ways to provide transparency about their data practices, the report said.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has also focused on telephone bill cramming in recent months. Last April, the FCC voted to require telephone carriers to provide their customers more billing information in an effort to crack down on mystery charges on phone bills.
The FTC's report is based on a workshop on mobile payment concerns the agency hosted last April. The FTC is planning another workshop on mobile bill cramming in May.
Grant Gross covers technology and telecom policy in the U.S. government for The IDG News Service. Follow Grant on Twitter at GrantGross. Grant's e-mail address is email@example.com.