With the launch of Apple’s iPad, developers are scrambling to create new applications. But are they safe? That’s the question a new web site hopes to help answer, reports the Associated Press. Internet security experts at Stanford University launched a site April 2 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, while driving the app market toward better practices…

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