September 25, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rick Scott Introduce Bipartisan Legislation Requiring Apps to List Country of Origin

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Rick Scott (R-Fla.) introduced the American Privacy Protection (APP) Act to require digital apps to disclose their country of origin. Following recent security concerns about apps made by U.S. competitors, including China and Russia, the APP Act will require the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to ensure all entities that operate application platforms disclose the location in which the application was developed and where data collected by the application is stored.

“As smart phones play a bigger role in Nevadans’ everyday lives, consumers are increasingly sharing their personal data with unknown app developers – sometimes with companies in Russia, China or elsewhere – that might share Nevadans’ personal data with those governments. This bill will help identify who is developing our phones’ applications and allow us to see where our personal information is stored.”