California to Require Mobile Devs to Write Privacy Policies

An agreement between California Attorney General Kamala Harris and all of the major mobile platforms will soon mandate mobile developers to create privacy policies for their apps. Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, RIM and HP will require all apps that access users’ personal information to have a privacy policy, and they will display those policies for users before they download any apps.

Depending on which survey you believe, somewhere between 5 and 30 percent of mobile apps currently have a privacy policy. Mobile development pros who do not create privacy policies could soon face prosecution under California’s Online Privacy Protection Act.

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