Privacy Policies Required for Mobile Apps

The California Attorney General’s Office recently announced a new privacy agreement with major mobile app platforms.  The announcement notes the already existing California Online Privacy Protection Act does apply to mobile applications.  So, mobile apps in use by California residents are required to include a privacy policy if personally identifiable information is collected.  The penalty imposed on app developers and app platforms for non-compliance is reported to be up to $500,000 per use of the offending app. The Attorney General’s announcement suggests privacy policies are not typical to mobile apps, with stats indicating that just five percent of all mobile applications include a privacy policy.  Of course having a privacy policy does not ensure data will remain private.  It could; however, help eliminate surprises like the ones reported recently regarding private info use in a Twitter app and in Apple iOS applications