Agreement will force Apps to produce privacy policies

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Agreement will force Apps to produce privacy policiesSince 2004, the California Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) has required online services that collect certain types of data from Californian users to post a privacy policy which describes how the information will be used. If they collect this data, Apps fall under this category, but a recent report has found that only about 5% have the appropriate privacy policies in place.

So from February 2012, California’s Attorney General and the companies controlling the major gateways to the App market – Amazon, Apple, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft and Research In Motion – will require App makers to submit privacy policies with new or updated Apps. Most of the time, these policies will be available at the point of sale. The companies will also assist in identifying any Apps which do not have a privacy policy in place, will report them and will take measures to ensure compliance.

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