“UDID [Unique Device Identifiers] is not the concept of personal information that most people have. Having a unique identifier has some real advantages,” said Morgan Reed, Executive Director, Association for Competitive Technology (ACT). For example, an educational app can inform invested parties such as parents and teachers when a child completes his homework or how to restore data from an app that was accidentally deleted. Polonetsky added that more responsible networks are hashing the UDID and offering consumers a choice of opting out.
“It is important to remember that this whole industry has only existed since 2008. Advertising in mobile apps is less than 24 months old,” stated Reed. Given that apps are so recent, he stressed that the app industry needs a chance to experiment and even make some mistakes in order to fully realize the business model and potential for growth.