California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris this week began notifying dozens of mobile app developers of their failure to comply with California privacy law.
"Protecting the privacy of online consumers is a serious law enforcement matter," Harris said in a statement. "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."
"California is the only state to require privacy policies for mobile applications as well as websites, Chris Conley, a technology lawyer at the American Civil Liberties Union in San Francisco, said in a phone interview," write Bloomberg's Joel Rosenblatt and Douglas MacMillan. "Consumers are becoming more aware of which apps collect personal information, he said. 'As people become more concerned about how much information is on a smartphone -- about their location, about their contacts, about their shopping -- I think people will pay more attention to applications' policies in terms of what they collect, how they use it, what they retain and how they share this data,' Conley said."