California’s attorney general this week began notifying about 100 mobile application developers and companies that they have 30 days to comply with the state’s privacy law.
And the kicker is consumers must be given an opportunity to opt-in to this policy before downloading the app – not after. The state law applies to app developers worldwide, and companies can face fines of up to $2,500 each time a non-compliant app is downloaded by a California resident.
Letters were sent first to makers of the most popular apps available on mobile platforms. It was fueled by concerns over the sneakiness of apps, such as the iOS social networking app Path. Attorney General Kamala D. Harris reached an agreement on the policy in February with Apple, Google, Microsoft, RIM, Amazon and HP. Facebook joined the agreement in June.
A spokeswoman for Harris’s office says the issue is not with these companies or their mobile platforms, but with developers who create apps for them.
“We have worked hard to ensure that app developers are aware of their legal obligations to respect the privacy of Californians, but it is critical that we take all necessary steps to enforce California’s privacy laws,” Harris says.
- Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Notifies Mobile App Developers of Non-Compliance with California Privacy Law [State of California Department of Justice]