Australians will be naming and shaming poor mobile apps

Australians will be naming and shaming poor mobile apps

Smartphone and tablet users in Australia will be invited to name and shame dodgy mobile apps as part of a new inquiry by the Commonwealth Government’s Consumer Affairs Advisory Council (CCAAC). Under this scheme, CCAAC will look at the current app markets in the country and the adequacy of information disclosed to consumers about the costs associated when downloading and using digital content.

According to Assistant Treasurer David Bradbury, the rising adoption of modern mobile devices is driving entrepreneurs to come up with more and better ways to sell their wares to consumers. However, some consumers have raised concerns about aspects of mobile commerce, particularly where purchases can be made without much difficulty using stored credit card data. And since many apps rely on in-app purchases and subscriptions, there are reasons for concern, particularly in games that may be played by children…

Not sure what should we make of this, but if you want to know more, you can get the Terms of Reference for the inquiry from the new CCAAC website.

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