On February 22, California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced a privacy agreement concerning mobile software applications with the six largest mobile application platform providers — Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Hewlett-Packard and Research In Motion. This agreement effectively creates regulatory standards for implementing privacy policies within the mobile software application industry. Harris allegedly will sue under California law to enforce these regulatory standards, which allegedly applies nationwide (wherever a single Californian may be affected by a mobile software application).
Harris has alleged that more than half of the mobile software applications in existence do not have privacy policies, and this agreement is an attempt to put all mobile application developers on notice.
There is no set deadline by which mobile application developers must comply with the agreement, but Harris indicated that the six platform providers who are party to the agreement will reconvene in six months to assess the state of privacy within the mobile software application industry.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU? If your company distributes mobile applications, we suggest that you consider the following steps: