Earlier this week, the State Of California Attorney General (AG), Kamala Harris, announced that her office had begun notifying mobile device app developers that were in violation of state privacy laws:
Reportedly, non-compliant app developers and app store operators could also be prosecuted under the California Unfair Competition Law and/or False Advertising Law, with fines up to $500,000 per use of a non-compliant app.
This should not be a surprise, given the law and given the February 2012 global agreement between the California AG and several technology companies -- Amazon, Apple, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Amazon, and Research In Motion -- to require mobile app developers to post privacy policies.
This is really good news for consumers who have become increasingly reliant upon mobile devices. Past studies have documented sporadic and poor access to privacy policies by mobile device apps both before and after installation. Once again, California leads the way in protections for consumers.