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App Developers Overlooking Privacy


November 8, 2012

App developers may be overlooking established rules around privacy, Financial Post reports. A September report by the Pew Research Center found that more than half of app users have decided not to install or have uninstalled an app when they realized the personal information it would collect. Canadian privacy commissioners recently released guidance for app developers predicting “increased scrutiny” of apps’ privacy policies moving forward. “It is very difficult for startups to navigate around privacy rules,” said one expert. “I think a lot of startups end up not worrying about it, in the idea that they will have to deal with it if they become as successful as Facebook.”
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