"What exactly are they doing?" Grant asked. "What is it that's important for consumers to know?"
Stu Ingis, a partner with the law firm Venable and a leading figure in industry self-regulatory efforts, including the Digital Advertising Alliance, proposed a series of briefings for consumer advocates and other stakeholders to explain industry practices concerning the technology at work in mobile apps and the policies governing how information is collected, used and shared.
Ingis offered to host the first briefing, focusing on technical issues, at Venable's office ahead of NTIA's next scheduled stakeholder meeting, slated for Sept. 19.
But that date could be in flux, as several participants questioned the value in proceeding with the stakeholder meetings with so many questions about the industry practices in play still unanswered, and some proposed breaking up into smaller working groups before reconvening as a cohort.
Kenneth Corbin is a Washington, D.C.-based writer who covers government and regulatory issues for CIO.com.
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