Web site by Stanford experts monitors app security

PALO ALTO — With Apple Inc.'s iPad rolling out this weekend, developers are scrambling to create new applications - or apps.

But are they safe? That's the question a new Web site hopes to help answer.

Internet security experts at Stanford University launched a site Friday that reviews how well certain Web and mobile applications protect users' privacy.

Dozens of the more that 200 apps listed on WhatApp have already been reviewed by a team of lawyers, computer scientists, and privacy and security experts from Stanford and other institutions. Shoppers and developers can add their opinions and request reviews.

Stanford Law fellow M. Ryan Calo says the site provides a way to monitor what's being done with collected information and drive the app market toward better practices.

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On the Net:

www.whatapp.org

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