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.
“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.