Noting that people now routinely share sensitive personal information on their phones, computers, and over networks, Harris said that consumers must be empowered to understand how personal information gets used so they can make informed decisions about what to disclose.
"The Privacy Unit will police the privacy practices of individuals and organizations to hold accountable those who misuse technology to invade the privacy of others," said Harris in a statement.
The Privacy Unit will be part of the eCrimes Unit, formed last in December 2011. It will focus on law enforcement, education, and prompting partnerships with companies to advance privacy.
Sorted by platform, iOS apps were more likely to have privacy policies than Android apps in Google Play or the Amazon Appstore.
Later this summer, Harris is expected to check in with the major app platform companies to assess steps they've taken to improve mobile privacy.
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