Information sharing via an application isn't any different than many other convenience-versus-privacy trade-offs that consumers regularly consider, writes app developer Gina Trapani as part of a New York Times debate series. But "users have a right to know when and why an app is transmitting and storing their information," making transparency essential, she writes. Consumers, developers, platform-makers and app stores can all play an evolving role in eliminating privacy fears, Trapani argues.

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