California Attorney General about to target companies for not having privacy policy in apps: article in San Francisco Chronicle.

App makers cited for lack of privacy policy
Caleb Garling
Published 8:46 p.m., Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Over the next two weeks, the California attorney general’s office will send warning letters to numerous companies that build mobile applications, letting them know that their software is in violation of California law because it does not conspicuously display a privacy policy.

The California Online Privacy Protection Act, enacted in 2004, says that apps with users in California must clearly state within the app what user information is collected and what happens with that information. The company’s privacy policy cannot exist solely on its website.

The Department of Justice said Tuesday that up to 100 noncompliant companies – with apps on such platforms as the Apple App Store and Google Play – will receive letters. The department is still compiling the list, but confirms that Delta and United Airlines, along with dining reservations site OpenTable, are among the companies that will receive letters. Companies then have 30 days to comply before legal action is taken.

Request for comment from Delta, United and Open Table were not immediately returned.

The spokesman also confirms that the Justice Department office has no reason to believe these companies have done anything illegal with the data they collect.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/technology/article/App-makers-cited-for-lack-of-privacy-policy-3994945.php#ixzz2AuLLhBY2

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