California AG Issues Mobile Recommendations
MOBILE PRIVACY—U.S.January 10, 2013
California Attorney General Kamala Harris has released a recommended set of privacy best practices for app developers and advertising networks working in the mobile ecosystem, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Written after consulting a “broad spectrum of stakeholders,” including app developers, ad networks, privacy professionals and privacy advocates, “Privacy on the Go” urges those developing apps to consider building privacy protections in from the start and to display brief notices prior to taking actions such as data collection. In a quote provided to the Daily Dashboard, Harris said, “Californians want to know what information their apps collect, how it is used and with whom it is shared. To meet this need and keep pace with rapidly changing technology, these recommendations strike a responsible balance between protecting consumers’ personal information and fostering the continued growth of the innovative app economy.” Mozilla’s Alex Fowler said, “I think it’s preferable to have the attorney general being proactive in working with the industry, as opposed to going straight to some type of enforcement action.” Editor’s Note: The archived IAPP web conference Privacy on the Move in California, featuring insights from Joanne McNabb, CIPP/US, CIPP/G, CIPP/IT, and Alexandra Robert Gordon, both from the California Department of Justice, is now available for purchase.