California Issues Mobile App Privacy Guidelines

Headed up by California’s Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, the CA Department of Justice have issued a set of privacy guidelines for mobile phones. The state’s recommended best practices, which go above and beyond legal requirements, include suggestions for app developers, app platform providers, and mobile advertising networks.

The document suggests that app developers be transparent, limit data collection and retention, give users access, and making privacy policies accessible, among other things. Here is an excerpt from the report:

  • Limit access to personally identified user data by those inside your organization to a need-to-know basis.
  • Use encryption in the transit and storage of personally indentifiable data.
  • If you collect payment card information, comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard.17
  • Work with others in the ecosystem to ensure the application of appropriate security measures to protect personally indentifiable data.

Amazon, Apple, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Research In Motion, and Facebook have agreed to follow these best practices. Follow this link to see all of the guidelines.