On February 22, 2012, California’s Attorney General, Kamala D. Harris, entered into an agreement with several leading providers of mobile devices and app stores to increase consumer privacy protection for mobile applications or “apps.” Under the agreement’s terms, these companies have agreed to redesign their app stores to provide a location for app developers to display their privacy policies.
The two-page Joint Statement of Principles, adopted by Harris and the six leading mobile application platform companies – Apple, Amazon.com, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, and Research In Motion (the “Companies”) – reflects an agreement to bring the mobile application industry into compliance with the terms of CalOPPA. Specifically, the Joint Statement sets forth the following principles for apps:
- Users will have the ability to report to the Companies applications that do not comply with applicable terms of service and/or laws, and the Companies will implement a process for responding to such reports.
These principles will apply globally to any mobile application that may impact a California consumer.