Mobile applications raise many interesting and diverse legal questions for our clients, from accessibility to content protection to consumer privacy and data security, so it’s an exciting time to be doing this type of work. Some of the most popular mobile applications transcend the traditional regulatory silos – videos can be streamed to a mobile telephone, and IP telephone services may be used on a mobile telephone – and regulators have had difficulty anticipating some of the issues raised. But it’s clear that the FCC, the NTIA (which is working with industry stakeholders to develop a voluntary code of conduct for handling personal data) and the FTC are paying very close attention to the issues, especially with respect to privacy.

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