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OAIC Releases Best Practice Guide for Apps

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

October 3, 2013

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has unveiled a guide to help mobile app developers embed better privacy practices into their products, TechWorld reports. Mobile Privacy: A Better Practice Guide for Mobile App Developers recommends developers use short privacy notices. Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim said app developers should adopt a Privacy-by-Design approach. “The mobile apps that take privacy seriously will be the ones that stand out from the crowd and gain user trust,” he said. A ZDNet report, however, suggests, “Short of enforcing privacy laws on app store curators, it is doubtful that the developers will implement the otherwise worthy privacy protections.” Meanwhile, the OAIC’s 2013 Community Attitudes to Privacy Survey, which will be released in full on 9 October, indicates six in 10 Australians choose not to use smartphones apps due to privacy concerns.
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