4 Driving Lessons Every Teen Needs to Know

first_img Please enter your comment! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your name here TAGSTeen drivers Previous articleOrange TV provides transparent governmentNext articleState Rep. Jennifer Sullivan Schedules Apopka Office Hours Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Anatomy of Fear Excellent advice for teens and experienced drivers as well Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate center_img When it comes to teaching your teen to drive, it can be overwhelming to think of all the things you want to teach them before they begin driving on their own. While book work is a good start, there is nothing like hands-on experience. While many driving lessons are important, there are a few driving skills that are essential for a teen to learn before they start driving on their own.1.Maintaining SpeedEven experienced drivers may struggle with this, especially when driving in low-speed areas like school zones. The key is learning the right pressure to keep on the gas pedal and to learn to check the speedometer every few seconds. Teaching a new driver to make a habit out of checking their speed can help them learn how to maintain the appropriate speed.2.Matching Traffic ConditionsMatching the traffic conditions around you is a skill that is learned with lots of practice as it involves experience with things like merging and changing lanes. Your teen needs to learn how to quickly assess what speed they should be going to either merge or change lanes by knowing how many cars are around and their speed.Learning how to flow with the traffic around you also means learning how to keep a decent space between you and other vehicles. Smartmotorist.com suggests the “three-second rule.” They recommend teaching a new driver this concept by telling them to select a fixed object on the road ahead such as a sign, tree or overpass and to count “one one thousand, two one thousand, three one thousand” when the car in front of them passes the object. If the driver reaches the object before completing the count, it’s a good indicator they are following too closely. In inclement weather, heavy traffic, or night-time driving, double the three-second rule to six seconds, for added safety and in poor weather, use a nine-second rule.3.Identifying Potential HazardsFrom something in the road to a truck with something loose in the back of tractor trailers and even cars pulled over on the side of the road, traffic hazards are everywhere. Learning to notice these things and react to them is a big part of being ready to drive on one’s own. Some hazards like debris in the road could require a quick reaction; whereas, a car pulled over to the side of the road can allow the driver time to get over. Teaching a young driver to always move over when they see a car on the side of the road is a must. Something a new driver should learn, in regards to driving on the interstate, is to not drive in people’s blind spots, especially tractor-trailers and other large trucks.4.Determining Right of WayWith traffic lights, knowing who has the right of way is self-explanatory, but new drivers have to learn the right of way rules for stop signs, hazards or roadblocks and what to do when traffic lights are not working. For the most part, if someone else reached the stop sign or the hazard first, you should give them right away. If you reached it first, then traditionally, you go first. Sometimes, you reach the intersection at the same time as someone else. In this case, it’s better to be courteous. Let them go first and let them know by flashing lights or motioning them to go first.These four areas fit a lot of foundational driving lessons that every teen should know. Whatever the case, being aware and alert in any situation so that you can quickly take action is perhaps the most important lesson to teach. Driving can be such a great experience and doesn’t have to be stressful, so find ways to make it fun for your teen without cutting safety. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

PUSD Will Reopen August 17 With Both Distance and In-Person Learning

first_imgEducation PUSD Will Reopen August 17 With Both Distance and In-Person Learning By BRIAN DAY Published on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 | 12:31 pm Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Make a comment Top of the News HerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Power Yourself As A WomanHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 things only girls who live life to the maximum understandHerbeautyHerbeauty Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.center_img The Pasadena Unified School District will reopen to students on Aug. 17, making use of a blend of both in-person and distance learning to keep the number of students on campus at any one time to a minimum, the superintendent announced Thursday.The plan, which is outlined online at pusd.us/reopening, is designed to be adaptable, allowing the district to respond to evolving state and county guidelines prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic.“While we would rather open schools in person, we are planning to reopen in a way that accounts for the fact that the COVID-19 virus will more than likely still be with us with no vaccine available,” PUSD Superintendent Brian McDonald said in an email sent to parents Wednesday afternoon.“The health and safety of our students and staff is at the forefront of our minds. If health restrictions are lifted by the appropriate authorities and we deem it safe, we will move into a regular, in-classroom mode,” he said.Versions of the plan were discussed in prior meetings, and a survey was sent to parents prior to the plan being formed, officials said.“Based on state and local public health guidelines for school and the results of parent and staff surveys, our Pasadena Unified School District Reopening Task Force has developed plans to create safe learning environments for all students,” McDonald said.No more than 50% of the student population will be permitted to be on campus during any given day to foster social distancing, according to the district outline. Masks will be required, and measures such as frequent cleaning and enforcement of social distancing will be in place.Officials were also in the process of designing a “fully online learning option” for families not comfortable returning to school physically yet.“We will send out a survey in the next few days to determine the number of students who plan to enroll in virtual learning,” McDonald said. “Information on how to register is now being developed and will be shared with you as soon as possible”McDonald also said the district was working on ways to address the issue of child care on days when students are not scheduled to be on campus.“Childcare during non-classroom days is an urgent matter, and we are working with community partners to provide services to our students and their families,” he said. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Subscribe STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 85 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business Newslast_img read more

Ocean City’s Martin Z. Mollusk Does it Again, Predicts Early Summer

first_imgMiss Ocean City Madison Leigh Kennelly, former Philly Eagle Jon Dorenbos, Ocean City employee Rachel Ballezzi, Little Miss Ocean City Ginger Mumman and Miss Junior Ocean City Hope Aita, watch intently to see if hermit-crab Martin Z. Mollusk sees his shadow Saturday in Ocean City. By Maddy VitaleMartin Z. Mollusk paraded onto the beach at Ninth Street in Ocean City Saturday morning, escorted by his entourage, which included former Philadelphia Eagles long-snapper Jon Dorenbos and well-known magician, who held the crustacean’s cage high.For a time, the diminutive sea creature owned the place, while fans anxiously awaited his prediction of an early summer.And like more than four decades before, Ocean City’s hermit-crab mascot saw his shadow, signifying the prediction of an early summer – the Ocean City version of Groundhog Day.The Ocean City Primary School choir serenaded Martin with the Ocean City theme song and Reagan DeVlieger, 12, a sixth grader at the Ocean City Intermediate School, recited a special poem written by former Ocean City Public Relations Director Mark Soifer, who created the event in 1974.Michael Hartman, the city’s director of special events with Reagen DeVlieger as she recites a poem about Martin Z. Mollusk.Michael Hartman, the city’s director of special events, always dynamic, roused the crowd, as all eyes were on the crab, plopped down in a hula hoop, near his seashell-studded throne.Hartman called out to the audience that he thought Martin saw his shadow. When the crowd agreed, applause erupted.The sun will continue to shine, and summer will arrive early – all thanks to Martin Z. Mollusk.But the prediction was something that Lucy Cox, of Pennsylvania, was sure of before the mollusk even showed up.Wearing large purple sunglasses and proudly displaying her new shirt with a design of a hermit crab on it, she said, “He’s going to see his shadow. I know it.”Lucy Cox, 4, of Pennsylvania, loves Martin Z. Mollusk.Dorenbos, who seemed to enjoy the goofy event, told the crowd that he loves Ocean City for many reasons.“It’s tradition, community and family,” Dorenbos said. “Ocean City has good energy and everything you want in a beach town.”Dorenbos, who does magic tricks and had a performance scheduled for Saturday night, said Ocean City is like a second home to him.Jon Dorenbos says Ocean City has great energy.To add to the excitement, was the announcement of the 2018 Martin Z. Mollusk Coloring Contest. Lana Clevenger, Lillyanna Amoroso, Isabella Baron and Edith Heywood were all honored and their artwork unveiled to the public.Lillyanna, 7, a first-grader from Ocean City, commented after the event that she was really happy and so surprised by her win. She then explained how she drew a picture of sea gulls trying to get her sandwiches.“Sea gulls are not our family’s friend,” Lilyanna’s mom Jessica Amoroso joked.Three of the winners of the coloring contest Lilyanna Amoroso, Lana Clevenger and Edith Heywood get their picture taken with Jon Dorenbos, Miss Ocean City Madison Leigh Kennelly, Little Miss Ocean City Ginger Mumman and Miss Junior Ocean City Hope Aita.People lined up to get their pictures taken with Dorenbos and of course, the crab. This year the added touch was a giant, inflatable Martin Z. Mollusk likeness.Ocean City Public Information Officer Doug Bergen said every year the event gets better and better.“It is a fun, family event and one of the many creations of Mark Soifer,” Bergen said. “It really is a great tradition.”Rick and Beth Lauro brought their children Paige, 3, and Violet, 6, to see the crustacean.Rick and Beth Lauro with their daughters Violet, 6, and Paige, 3, of Pennsylvania with Miss Ocean City Madison Leigh Kennelly, Miss Junior Ocean City Hope Aita and Little Miss Ocean City Ginger Mumman and the giant Martin Z. Mollusk balloon.The family came down from Pennsylvania for Mother’s Day weekend and had no idea what Martin Z. Mollusk was all about.But the giant inflatable Martin Z. Mollusk roused their suspicions.“We were just walking on the beach and saw it,” Rick Lauro said.Beth Lauro added that it was a really fun event for the kids, who got to get their picture taken with not only the Martin balloon, but also Miss Ocean City Madison Leigh Kennelly, Miss Junior Ocean City Hope Aita and Little Miss Ocean City Ginger Mumman.Students from the Ocean City Primary School serenade the famous hermit crab.Martin Z. Mollusk has his own balloon.Michael Hartman, the city’s director of special events, points to Martin’s shadow.Angie and Lucy, 4, Cox, of Pennsylvania, enjoy the day.Coloring contest winners proudly display their masterpieces.Ed Eppright from Oceanview, NJ had his jersey autographed by Jon Dorenbos. He said “Jon is a great guy, and an inspiration!”Patrick Curley (12) and his brother Liam (7)give a pep-talk to Martin before the big event.Emily Lewandowski, from Delran, posed with Martin during Saturday’s festivities.last_img read more

How to dispute your credit report

first_imgReviewing and managing your information is an important part of protecting your data identity. So, if you notice something you believe is inaccurate on your TransUnion credit report, we’re here to help. Disputing your information with TransUnion is fast and easy. Follow the steps below to start a dispute online.1. Figure out what’s inaccurateYour credit report should be an accurate reflection of your information and story.If you see an account you don’t know about, inaccuracies on accounts you know you’ve paid in full or old accounts that shouldn’t be on your report anymore, you can dispute those items. Some inaccuracies could be mistakes. For example, perhaps an account of a relative with a similar name, but with junior or senior, is showing on your report. Others could be more nefarious, like identity theft. No matter the inaccuracy, it’s important that your report is a true reflection of your credit history. 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This post is currently collecting data…center_img This is placeholder text continue reading »last_img read more

Battery on an Official

first_imgThere is a senate bill pending in the Indiana General Assembly that would increase the penalty for any person attacking an IHSAA official during a high school ball game.  The senate bill was introduced by Lonnie Rudolph, a democrat from East Chicago.  At the present time, an attack is classified as a B misdemeanor which could result in a 6-month sentence and a $1,000 fine.Mr. Rudolph would like to raise this to a class A misdemeanor which at the present time carries a 1-year sentence and $5,000 fine.  His proposal would keep it a class A misdemeanor but raise the penalty to a possible 6-year sentence and $10,000 fine.  Most of this stems from an incident that took place in a high school basketball game earlier this year in the East Chicago district.I am not opposed to raising the penalty, but I wonder if his suggestion might be a little steep to get the bill passed.  Let’s hope they do compromise on some stricter penalties for fan attacks on any official.last_img read more

Lakers hoping for a full-strength roster on Wednesday against Warriors

first_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed EL SEGUNDO — The Lakers squad that shows up Wednesday night at T-Mobile Mobile Arena in Las Vegas might be the closest to the real thing that fans will see this season.And yet, there have still been hang-ups: Lonzo Ball has yet to be officially cleared to play against the Golden State Warriors, which would mark his first preseason game. Meanwhile, in Monday’s practice, Josh Hart (a potential starter at guard) tweaked his hamstring and left practice early.So it’s unclear how much resemblance the Lakers will bear to their regular-season form, but the goal in the fifth preseason game (and likely the last meaningful one) will be to get as close as possible.“I’m excited because I know we need to practice at it,” Walton said. “As great as it will be to have guys at full strength, for me, it’s more important for them to start getting reps together. Everyone else in camp has had that opportunity for two weeks now. Lonzo hasn’t with the amount of reps that are full-court contact stuff.” The Lakers are trying to prepare for what Walton described as an upcoming season of unparalleled attention and external “noise.” The coaching staff has preached shutting out outside attention, which he expects will surpass even his days as a Laker when he played on championship teams.“There’s gonna be more noise than any one of us has been through before this season, and part of what our mission is is to not let that noise affect us,” he said. “To come in, work on what we feel we need to get done in our group, we worry about ourselves and that’s it.”BERRY, CARROLL WAIVEDThe Lakers shaved their roster by two Monday morning with some expected cuts: Rookie guards Joel Berry II (North Carolina) and Jeffrey Carroll (Oklahoma State) were officially waived, clearing a path for them to be picked up by the South Bay Lakers, the team’s G League affiliate.The cuts leave the Lakers with 14 players with guaranteed contracts, plus a pair of two-way players in Travis Wear and Alex Caruso. The remainder is Jonathan Williams, the 6-foot-9 forward out of Gonzaga, who had some strong moments in home games last week.“His work ethic, the way he competes,” said Walton of Williams’ strengths so far. “His defensive communication has been my favorite part for a rookie, to be able to call out coverages and do multiple things from a big man’s position is very impressive. That’s probably what I’m most impressed about.”The Lakers have space for Williams should they choose to carry him into the season, but General Manager Rob Pelinka also said prior to training camp that the Lakers could go into the year with an open roster spot, valuing the flexibility it brings.EXTRA-CURRICULAR TRAININGAs a player under Phil Jackson, Walton picked up a few things from the 11-time championship coach. One is meditation: Walton said the Lakers have had meditation sessions during camp and had a visit from meditation and mindfulness company Headspace early on.For James, in his 16th season, what does he focus on now that he didn’t as a younger player?“Just sleep. That’s the best recovery,” he said. “Try to get as much optimal sleep as possible and best way your body can recover.”Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers said again on Monday that Ball, the second-year point guard, will be on track to play. It might be an opportunity to play the first-unit rotation a little longer than in previous games, including LeBron James, who hasn’t played beyond the first half yet in the preseason.James called Ball and Rajon Rondo two players who “were born to be point guards” and said logistically he doesn’t expect much to shift when he shares the floor with Ball for the first time.“(Ball) knows the system better than anybody, being the point guard of this squad last year,” he said. “So you want to defend, you want to rebound and you want to get out and run and you want to move the ball, share the ball. I don’t think anything changes.”If Ball is healthy for Wednesday, there’s also a strong chance he could play Friday, Walton said, with the hope that he could get as much playing time as possible before the season begins next week in Portland.Walton said it was still unclear how Hart’s status for Wednesday is affected by his hamstring tweak. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope started at shooting guard in the last game against the Clippers. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

We tried our best, laments Conte

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea manager Antonio Conte cannot bear to watch as he sees his side succumb to a shock defeat to Bournemouth. Photo/DAILY MAILLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 1 – Antonio Conte said his Chelsea players did their best at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night as they went down to a shock 3-0 defeat to Bournemouth.Three second-half goals from Callum Wilson, Junior Stanislas and Chelsea academy graduate Nathan Ake condemned the Blues to another surprising defeat in an increasingly inconsistent season. After the game Conte refused to offer an excuses for what was a lacklustre display.“Tough night, but if you remember very well, I predicted this tough night yesterday during the press conference,” he said. “If you remember, I said it would be very, very tough for a lot of reasons. It happened, but now we have to move on and see the next game.“Now it would be very simple to find a lot of excuses, a lot of alibis. This is not the right way, also because I don’t want to. For sure we made a lot of mistakes together. When we win, we win together. When we lose, we lose together.“I think the players tried to do their best, honestly. The commitment of the players was great. But, despite this, we lost. It was a bad defeat. But football is not simple. You have to prepare, to study, and then to try and prepare for every situation, every game, every season.“Now the most important thing is to understand we have to fight. This season will be very tough. We must be ready to struggle this season for everything.“We are doing everything, we are doing 120 percent. I’m exploiting this squad at the maximum level. If someone doesn’t agree about this, I’m here. I have to accept every situation. I’m very relaxed about [the pressure]. I know that I’m doing a great job, a great work, me and the staff and the players.”Asked if he thought Chelsea were overachieving this season, Conte replied: “Yes, I think we are doing more [than expected].”The defeat saw the Blues slip to fourth place in the table, 18 points behind leaders Manchester City and just two ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham.“Yes, we must be worried [about the top four],” Conte added. “It won’t be easy. But this is normal. It won’t be easy this season, and we have to fight. I think the players are starting to understand that this season, we have to struggle for a position in the Champions League.“But I think the players, until now, are great. They are [at the] very, very top for their commitment and their behaviours. If they hadn’t done that, our place in the table would be worse.“We have to understand that, if we want to speak about football and if we think to understand football we know very well this will be very difficult for us. If we want only to dream and not see the reality – in this case, I can tell you now we can fight to win the title this season!“It will be very important to look at the reality and to know that, if we are able to reach a place in the Champions League [by finishing in the top four], it will be a great success for us. Otherwise we have a normal season.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Cards come from behind to beat West Valley

first_imgCorning >> There’s a reason the Corning Cardinals were 27-0 going into Wednesday night’s semifinal game against the West Valley Eagles — they come through in the clutch.After a come-from-behind overtime win in Paradise to clinch a perfect 26-0 regular season, coach Kurt Wilkins said the Cards needed three more wins to validate the season. They got the first Friday over the Sutter Huskies, 64-50 and the second came Wednesday over the Eagles, 43-37. They will play for the championship Friday …last_img read more

Junior Boks thrash USA in JWC opener

first_imgEnglandSouth Africa’s next match, against England on Sunday, should be the group decider after the English defeated hosts France 30-6 in their opening clash. England also beat the French in the Six Nations Championship and finished top of the table. They finished the game by crossing the USA’s try line for what should have been the try that took them past 100 points, but captain Ruan Steenkamp had the ball knocked free of his grasp in the act of touching down and three figures were not reached. ‘A great start’“We are happy we have come through this and it was a great start for us.” At scrumhalf, Stefan Ungerer enjoyed a fine game, delivering crisp service, kicking accurately, and making a number of incisive breaks. “It was important for us to get a good start,” he told the IRB. “It was a game we expected to do well [in], but it was a difficult start as we know the other games will be harder. Goal kicking 6 June 2013 Up front, the blond locks of huge flanker Jacques du Plessis were hard to miss. He was around the ball throughout the contest and shone on both attack and defence. In Group B, Ireland, who shocked South Africa in their first match of the 2012 JWC, defeated southern hemisphere opposition again, downing Australia 19-15. The team’s goal-kicking, especially that of Handre Pollard, the only holdover from the 2012 title winning team, was poor as only seven of 16 tries were converted, while the referee blew both halves short by about two-and-a-half minutes each. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materialcenter_img They should have topped 100 points again on Wednesday, but they did at least come away with the biggest winning margin in the history of the event. BenchWith victory secured so early in the game – South Africa led 54-0 at the break – coach Theron was able to give the players on the bench a good run out. New Zealand did the expected as they thumped Fiji, who lost a player to a red card and were at one stage down to 13 men, by 59 points to 6. South Africa began the defence of their IRB Junior World Championship (JWC) title with a massive 97-0 thrashing of the USA at the Stade Henri Desgrange in La Roche-sur-Yon, France on Wednesday. Only twice previously has a team topped the 100-point mark in the JWC, and on both occasions it was South Africa, which also beat the Americans 108-18 in 2008 and Fiji 104-17 in 2011. Both victories included a record 16 tries, a mark which the boys in green and gold matched in their 97-0 triumph. Semi-finalists from last year, Wales and Argentina, both won comfortably in their first outings, with the Welsh seeing off Samoa 42-3 and Argentina outplaying Scotland 44-13. Winger Seabelo Senatla matched a JWC record by crossing for four tries. He, fullback Cheslin Kolbe and centre Justin Geduld are members of the South African Sevens Squad for the Sevens World Cup and all three exhibited the skills that have served them so well in that format. While coach Dawie Theron was happy to start with a win, it’s doubtful he learnt much from the one-sided thrashing. Surprisingly, considering the result, near the end of the game the Americans managed to lay siege to the South African try line, but the Baby Boks were up to the challenge as they made sure they kept a clean sheet.last_img read more

Mobile Marketing Association to Address Smartphone Privacy Issue

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#marketing#mobile#news sarah perez Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img As Apple faces a class action lawsuit where it’s being accused of sharing users’ personal information with advertising networks without their consent, the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) is now stepping in with plans to develop a set of mobile privacy guidelines for the industry.The new guidelines will complement the group’s existing Global Code of Conduct, and will attempt to address the growing need for marketers and consumers to have a “transparent, accepted understanding,” in its words, as to how information on a mobile device is collected and what’s being done with it.MMA to Create Mobile Privacy GuidelinesGreg Stuart, Global CEO of the MMA, said the group recognizes the importance of consumer privacy. “In order for marketers and publishers to responsibly and sustainably engage consumers through and with the mobile channel, we need to continuously update how we address the collection, management and use of personal data or related consumer information,” he explained earlier this month.To create the new guidelines, the MMA is asking members of the mobile community, including carriers, marketers, agencies, media companies and media technologies, to join its Privacy Committee. The issue will also be addressed at its upcoming Consumer Best Practices Meeting, January 25-26 in Boca Raton, Florida.Compared with the $25 billion online ad industry, the mobile marketing industry is still in its infancy. It won’t reach $1 billion until 2012, reported AdWeek, citing data from eMarketer. “If we’d seen how fast mobile Internet and apps were going to grow, maybe we would have stepped in sooner,” Stuart told AdWeek.[Author’s Note: if they had seen how fast it would grow? Were they not watching?]?There’s no timeline for the completion of the new policy, Stuart said. “It’s more important that we get it done right. This release was a call to arms.”A Need to Address Mobile Privacy Concerns This issue was recently in the forefront of people’s minds, thanks to a Wall St. Journal series called “What They Know,” that highlighted the growing lack of privacy in today’s digital world. One piece in particular (“Your Apps are Watching You“) dealt with mobile privacy.The Journal found that, after an examination of 101 popular smartphone applications on iPhone and Android devices, 56 transmitted the phone’s unique device ID to other companies without the user’s awareness or consent. 47 also transmitted location and 5 sent age, gender and other personal details.Counterpoint: Tracking is GOODThe somewhat overly paranoid reporting from The WSJ was met with some backlash online, especially from the tech blogging community. In a post entitled “Hello, My Name is: 9649e796e8b23900dc9629a18f2d47306430e62f,” BGR blogger Andrew Munchbach made a convincing argument that mobile tracking isn’t really all that bad. (The headline referred to his UDID, the unique device identifier that’s used to build an online profile of a device, and therefore, the user). “I’m not all that concerned with third parties, even advertisers, knowing the age, gender, UDID, and/or the general (or even specific) location of my device’s end-user (that’s me),” Munchbach wrote. “So Rovio, the maker of Angry Birds, knows that the dude using my mobile device is, um, a dude, was stuck on level 5-13 for six straight hours, and was in Newport, RI when this all occurred. So the game looked through my address book to see if there were contacts that were also playing Angry Birds with whom I could connect. I kind of like these features,” he said.He also said that even when that data is passed to an analytics company, it’s used – anonymously – to provide useful usage statistics and intelligence. “Rovio can use this information to improve its product, which would seem like a benefit to me, the player. Heck, Flurry may even go one step further and use this information in its own reporting and assessment of the mobile industry or publish a report about it…still doesn’t trouble me all that much. Why should it? It’s an age, gender, and ever-changing location that is linked to a number that represents a mobile device.”…But Some Want to Opt-Out & Today You Can’tWhile in Munchbach’s case, the tracking is seen in a positive light, there are some who would prefer the option to opt-out, as you can in most of today’s modern desktop-based Web browsers, through the use of built-in tools like privacy/”incognito” modes, browser add-ons and extensions and even alternative search portals that promise no tracking.WSJ polled its readers on the matter, and a majority (67.7%), said they want apps to tell them every time they collect and send info about their mobile device. Clearly, these voters were worked about about the idea, having just read the article. Apps that constantly nagged you if and when they could share information would be worse than Windows Vista’s User Account Control security feature which seemed to ask you every single time you tried to make the simplest change on your PC.Still, the mobile world, as of yet, does not have any such opt-out options. It’s all or nothing – use the app, or don’t. But if you do, you’re agreeing to certain conditions. The MMA’s influence may help to create new scenarios here that will better serve mobile users, not just with regard to apps, but for all sorts of mobile ads, including SMS text messages, in-app banner advertising and ads on the mobile Web itself. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more