Advertisement

July 28, 2014

An Update on Mobile App Privacy

Privacy should be on every mobile app developer’s mind. In September of this year the Federal Trade Commission issued privacy guidance to mobile app developers. The FTC’s guidance focused on eight primary areas of concern and suggested that additional oversight of the mobile app market could be expected.

More recently, on October 30, the Attorney General of California issued a press release regarding a letter her office sent to nearly one hundred mobile app developers, notifying them they were not compliant with the California Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). According to the letter, developers have thirty days to comply with COPPA, or face fines up to $2,500 per download. COPPA applies based on the location of the consumer, not developer, so a Wisconsin-based developer could run afoul of COPPA simply by having a California consumer download an app that doesn’t meet the privacy standards of COPPA.

On the federal level, industry stakeholders met this past Wednesday, November 7, to discuss mobile app privacy. The general consensus of this White House backed group was that a short form privacy notice was necessary for mobile apps. The content of the short-form privacy notice was not something the group could reach a consensus on and therefore, will be the subject of future meetings. The November 7 meeting was the fifth meeting by this group since July.

© MICHAEL BEST & FRIEDRICH LLP

About the Author

Member

Kate Bechen is a member of the firm’s Transactional Practice Group where she focuses on corporate finance, health law and general business matters. She regularly assists clients with mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financing, public and private placement of securities, ongoing reporting requirements under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and general corporate law matters. Her health law practice includes transactional work, regulatory compliance, medical staff issues and patient confidentiality. She is also an active member of the firm’s Energy & Sustainability Industry...

414-225-4956

Boost: AJAX core statistics

Legal Disclaimer

You are responsible for reading, understanding and agreeing to the National Law Review's (NLR’s) and the National Law Forum LLC's  Terms of Use and Privacy Policy before using the National Law Review website. The National Law Review is a free to use, no-log in database of legal and business articles. The content and links on www.NatLawReview.com are intended for general information purposes only. Any legal analysis, legislative updates or other content and links should not be construed as legal or professional advice or a substitute for such advice. No attorney-client or confidential relationship is formed by the transmission of information between you and the National Law Review website or any of the law firms, attorneys or other professionals or organizations who include content on the National Law Review website. If you require legal or professional advice, kindly contact an attorney or other suitable professional advisor.  

Some states have laws and ethical rules regarding solicitation and advertisement practices by attorneys and/or other professionals. The National Law Review is not a law firm nor is www.NatLawReview.com  intended to be  a referral service for attorneys and/or other professionals. The NLR does not wish, nor does it intend, to solicit the business of anyone or to refer anyone to an attorney or other professional.  NLR does not answer legal questions nor will we refer you to an attorney or other professional if you request such information from us. 

Under certain state laws the following statements may be required on this website and we have included them in order to be in full compliance with these rules. The choice of a lawyer or other professional is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisements. Attorney Advertising Notice: Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Statement in compliance with Texas Rules of Professional Conduct. Unless otherwise noted, attorneys are not certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, nor can NLR attest to the accuracy of any notation of Legal Specialization or other Professional Credentials.

The National Law Review - National Law Forum LLC 4700 Gilbert Ave. Suite 47 #230 Western Springs, IL 60558  Telephone  (708) 357-3317 If you would ike to contact us via email please click here.