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The State of Mobile Apps is in need of this Free eBook about Best Privacy Practices

The internet erupted yesterday in reaction to the FTC’s report citing a continued lack of compliance for Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The commission found that about 80% of 400 apps “siphon an alarming amount of information from mobile devices without disclosing this fact to parents.” Further, up to 17% of those apps allow kids to make in-app purchases.

This announcement came just days after California attorney general filed suit against Delta for failure to comply with the state’s 2004 Online Privacy Protection Act. Since 2010, the Fly Delta app collected a substantial amount of customer information including full name, telephone number, and email – all without any privacy policy. As a result, the company could face a fine of up to $2500 per download.

“Losing your personal privacy should not be the cost of using mobile apps, but all too often it is,” said Attorney General Harris. “California law is clear that mobile apps collecting personal information need privacy policies, and that the users of those apps deserve to know what is being done with their personal information.”

In light of these legal developments and the paucity of coherent material on the body of law governing mobile apps, the researchers at the Future of Privacy Forum have created a great resource for developers: an ebook clarifying the necessary  steps towards legal compliance. The book  includes information on how to handle transparency in disclosures, accessibility of privacy policies, changes to use practice, and various laws governing those requirements. Chapter 11 deals specifically with COPPA guidelines.

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