Developers of mobile apps are getting some unwelcome news this week. CaliforniaÂ Attorney General Kamala D. Harris is telliing them they are not in compliance with California privacy law.
"Protecting the privacy of online consumers is a serious law enforcement matter," Harris said. "We have worked hard to ensure that app developers are aware of their legal obligations to respect the privacy of Californians, but it is critical that we take all necessary steps to enforce California's privacy laws."
Harris said privacy policies are an important safeguard for consumers. Privacy policies promote transparency in how companies collect, use, and share personal information. Companies can face fines of up to $2,500 each time a non-compliant app is downloaded.
This action by Attorney General Harris follows an agreement she forged among the seven leading mobile and social app platforms to improve privacy protections for millions of users around the globe who use apps on their smartphones, tablets, and other electronic devices.