We posted this alert back in March, and now California Attorney
General Kamala Harris has released a recommended set of
privacy best practices for app developers and advertising networks
entitled "Privacy on the Go: Recommendations
for the Mobile Ecosystem." Written after consulting a
"broad spectrum of stakeholders," including app
developers, ad networks, privacy professionals and privacy
advocates, the best practices urges those developing apps to
consider building privacy protections in from the start and to display brief notices prior to taking actions
such as data collection.
Those of us here at the Privacy & Security Matters blog
approve of the title.
Original March 13, 2012 post:
Although one would never realize it when downloading many
popular mobile apps on any of the major platforms (Apple's
iTunes, Google, Amazon, RIM, HP, etc.) — the requirements of
California's Online Privacy Protection Act
mobile apps as well as online website. California's
Attorney General has reached an agreement on a set
of principles with Apple, Google, Amazon, HP, RIM and
Microsoft that will see all companies implementing new standards
for displaying privacy policies for apps that collect personal
"We can sue and we will sue," Attorney General
Kamala D. Harris said when announcing the
agreement. For more, including tips for app developers,
see our Mintz Levin client alert here.
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