FTC Announces Investigations of Kids App Providers and California’s AG Sues Delta over Fly Delta App’s Privacy Practices

Two recent developments should have all app providers reviewing their privacy practices and policies. On Monday, December 10, the Federal Trade Commission released its latest report on privacy disclosures and kids apps. Finding industry to have made “little or no progress in improving its disclosures,” the FTC announced that it “is launching multiple non-public investigations” into mobile app providers. And in California last Thursday, December 6, California’s Attorney General followed up on the notices she provided to app providers in October and sued Delta Air Lines for failing to post a privacy policy in its Fly Delta app. In both developments, the government agencies chastised companies for failing to provide app users with sufficient, accurate information regarding what data is being collected and shared by apps. The FTC in its Kids App Report also expressed significant concerns with the aggregation of data by a handful of companies.

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