Privacy Policy standardized across App Stores

By on February 23, 2012
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You don’t see this happen very often but Apple, Google, Microsoft and RIM have all gotten together and agreed upon standards for privacy policies assocciated with apps in their respective app stores. The provisions require developers of apps that collect personal information include privacy policies with their apps that can be viewed directly from the store before downloading the apps themselves. This is what the California Attorney General’s office announced:

Attorney General Harris forged the agreement with six companies whose platforms comprise the majority of the mobile apps market: Amazon, Apple, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft and Research In Motion. These platforms have agreed to privacy principles designed to bring the industry in line with a California law requiring mobile apps that collect personal information to have a privacy policy. The majority of mobile apps sold today do not contain a privacy policy.

Links to privacy policies will be in consistent locations within the App Store and other marketplaces, offering users the ability to view the policies at a glance. Developers who do not comply with these requirements can be charged under California law, and companies signing on to the agreement have pledged to educate developers about privacy policy requirements and help them to meet the standards.

Finally, the agreement requires that the companies provide simple methods for users to report apps that do not comply with privacy requirements, as well as systems for dealing with those reports.

 

Source: MacRumors


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