The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada ("OPC") has initiated an assessment ofmobile apps in order to review if and how they disclose their methods and practices regarding the information they obtain about customers.
While the OPC has evaluated 151 apps, other international enforcement agencies, which cooperated with the OPC, have evaluated in total more than 1,000 apps. This cooperation between the agencies was due to the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN), a cross-border enforcement cooperation that was established in 2010, known by the name "Protecting Privacy".
Despite the above, the OPC decided not to proceed with formal investigations, but rather to obtain the same results using educational methods. In this regard, the OPC decided to contact the app developers and share its concerns with them regarding the apps methods. In return, the OPC received feedbacks from most of the developers, who promised to change the privacy communications and practices of their apps. In the declaration published by the OPC, it was announced that the OPC is "glad to start a cooperative relationship with the developers, rather than use a more costly and time-consuming formal proceedings."