Facebook Apps Must Reveal What Information Is Collected, How It Is Shared

By Justin Lafferty 

California Facebook users worried about privacy while using applications can breathe a sigh of relief. Based on an agreement struck today with California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, all apps in Facebook’s App Center are required to have a written privacy policy detailing what profile information is used and how it is shared.

The Los Angeles Times reported this agreement, which Facebook Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan said will enhance trust among users, especially those who use mobile apps. Egan wrote in a letter to Harris, “Ensuring consumer trust on mobile platforms is an essential value to us here on Facebook.”

Harris explained how even though this applies to California users, it could spread in the future:

If we can strengthen privacy protections here, we can benefit consumers around the world. App users should know what personal information is collected, how it is used, and with whom it is shared. If they know all of that, then they will have the tools and the ability to protect themselves.

Readers: Even though it’s limited toward Facebook users in the Golden State, do you feel today’s ruling was a step in the right direction?