The California Attorney General has reached an agreement with primary app platform providers—Amazon, Apple, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, and Research in Motion. The agreement confirms that privacy policies are required for apps under the California Online Privacy Protection Act; which requires websites and online services that collect personal information to offer privacy policies.
Under the agreement, the following “principles” also apply:
- App users must be able to notify app marketplaces when an app does not comply with its terms of service and/or laws;
- App marketplaces must implement a process to respond to reported instances of non-compliance; and