Android and Apple Apps Required to Have Privacy Policies

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California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced an agreement between California DOJ, Apple, Google, Research In Motion, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft and Amazon, which will establish policies that require app-developers to have privacy policies in place for apps that collect personal information.

The press release claims, “This agreement will allow consumers the opportunity to review an app’s privacy policy before they download the app rather than after, and will offer consumers a consistent location for an app’s privacy policy on the application-download screen” and “commits the platforms to educate developers about their obligations to respect consumer privacy and to disclose to consumers what private information they collect, how they use the information, and with whom they share it.”

In all reality, I applaud this move by California’s Attorney General, especially in light of the rather lax privacy protections offered. However, I don’t know what difference this new measure will make, except to ensure that consumers fail to read one more disclosure (are they reading anything now?), and give class-action vampires lawyers another thing to sue for (don’t get me wrong, I love class-action vampires lawyers, I received a check for $0.43 in a recent class-action “consumer” settlement).

I know the point of the AG’s agreement is to ensure “disclosure,” but I think the general consumer cares very little about privacy to begin with. What do you think?

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