California AG Makes Good on Promise to Pursue Apps that Don’t Comply with the State’s Privacy Policy Law

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On October 30, 2012, California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced that her office would begin notifying the developers of as many as 100 mobile apps that their apps do not comply with the state’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“OPPA”) and that they have 30 days to bring them into compliance.

The announcement does not come as a surprise. Earlier this year, the Attorney General published a Joint Statement of Principles with the major platforms that distribute and sell mobile apps, providing that they will distribute only apps that have privacy policies that consumers are able to review prior to download. At that time, her office told app developers that they had six months to come into compliance or to be notified of violations. Shortly thereafter, Attorney General Harris formed a Privacy Enforcement and Protection Unit, intended specifically to enforce OPPA and other privacy laws.

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