has begun issuing notices to application developers — and consumers —
anytime it finds an app approved for distribution in its BlackBerry
World online store that does more than consumers might think.
Canadian phone maker unveiled its new system for vetting smartphone apps
at the Kaspersky Security Summit here. "We believe this is the way
forward for the entire mobile ecosystem," Adrian Stone, security
director at BlackBerry, told USA TODAY.
The company last week served its initial privacy notices
in connection with a caller identification app called NumberBook,
created by DEV Engineer. In addition to identifying callers, NumberBook
also collects the user's contact list and GPS location, discloses
personal phone numbers without asking permission and can send text and
e-mail from the user's handset.