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Developers get some tips on mobile app privacy

Zach Miners | April 11, 2013
Mobile app developers face a huge challenge in keeping up with the fast-changing landscape of data privacy law. They got some tips Wednesday at a conference devoted to the topic in San Francisco.

The answer, according to the California attorney general's office, is no. The federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, for instance, prohibits developers from gathering information on pre-teenagers without their parents' consent, while the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act could restrict certain types of medical information from being gathered from users, and finally California's Online Privacy Protection Act says that companies must explicitly disclose what kinds of personally identifiable information they collect, said LeBlanc.

Basically, to avoid privacy pitfalls, companies should operate as if everything they do is public, some said. "It only takes one person thinking about privacy in a critical way to make you a headline," said Lookout's Wyatt.


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