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California AG, Companies Reach App Privacy Deal


February 23, 2012

California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced Wednesday that the state has reached a deal with several large tech companies to improve mobile app privacy protections on smartphones, The New York Times reports. The deal compels developers to include "conspicuous" privacy policies disclosing what personal information will be collected and how it will be used. App store providers will also be required to create an avenue for users to report apps that fail to comply. California would use its Unfair Competition Law and False Advertising Law to prosecute developers who fail to follow their privacy policies, the report states. In a statement, Harris said, "Your personal privacy should not be the cost of using mobile apps, but all too often it is." (Registration may be required to access this story.)  
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