As we continue our “new year, new look” series into important privacy issues for 2013, we boldly predict:
Regulatory Scrutiny of Data Collection and Use Practices of Mobile Apps Will Increase in 2013
In 2013, we expect to see new regulatory investigations into privacy practices of mobile applications. Delta was just one of 100 recipients of notices of non-compliance from the California AG’s office and the first to be the subject of a complaint. Expect to see more of these filed early in this year as the AG’s office plows through responses from the lucky notice recipients. Also, we can expect to hear more from the FTC on mobile app disclosure of data collection and use practices and perhaps some enforcement actions against the most blatant offenders.