California Puts App Makers on Notice Over Privacy Notifications

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – A number of app developers in California recently found themselves in hot water with the state’s Attorney General.

According to a press release from the office of AG Kamal D. Harris, one hundred applications failed to be in compliance with state law. To deal with the problem, Harris is granting leniency – providing the apps’ developers with thirty days to update their privacy policies.

“Protecting the privacy of online consumers is a serious law enforcement matter,” Harris stated in a press release.

The apps reportedly fail to notify users exactly what data was collected about them when accessing the software.

If app makers fail to comply, they might have to dig deep in their pockets to make up for nondisclosure. According to the AG’s office, companies could be hit with fines reaching $2,500 for every instance a non-corrected application is installed. It remains unknown, meanwhile, which application makers were thought to be in violation of state law.