January 10, 2013 By Amy Stewart
California Attorney General Kamala Harris today issued consumer privacy guidelines for mobile application developers.
Attorney General Kamala D. Harris. Photo courtesy of the California Office of the Attorney General.
“Today, 85 percent of American adults own a cell phone and over half of them use their phones to access the Internet. The mobile app marketplace is also booming with more than 1,600 new mobile apps being introduced every day. These apps allow us to do everything from streaming movies to hailing a cab to viewing our own X-ray and ultrasound images,” said Harris in the report. “Along with the many wonderful capabilities these apps offer, we remain mindful that the mobile environment also poses uncharted privacy challenges.”
The report was criticized by representatives of Internet and media associations for not adequately getting input for the report from companies and consumers.
“We are disappointed that the California Attorney General would finalize a recommendation on such an important issue based on such limited engagement with the companies that will be expected to put them into practice,” said Mike Zaneis, Senior Vice President for Public Policy at the Interactive Advertising Bureau, in a statement.
The office engaged a “broad spectrum” of stakeholders to arrive at the recommendations, according to the report.
Last year after creating the Privacy Enforcement and Protection Unit within the state Department of Justice, Harris forged an agreement with Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft and Research in Motion to display app privacy policies that users could easily review before downloading apps.
From the Attorney General’s report, recommendations include:
For App Developers
For App Platform Providers
For Mobile Ad Networks
For Operating System Developers
For Mobile Carriers
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