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". 

The assessment reveals that 85% of the apps on which the assessment was based, failed to disclose how they collect and use the consumers' personal information. Among these were apps developers who although publishing a privacy policy, did not cover all of the relevant data collection methods. In other cases, the apps' privacy policy was not available to the consumer prior to the download, and sometimes was not even designed for the mobile screen (and therefore could not be properly seen using a mobile device).

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."