California is threatening to sue smartphone application designers who do not comply with the state law to post written privacy policies. Makers of “free” apps are the worst offenders.
It seems that some developers don’t want to discuss their privacy practices.
Some Silicon Valley app developers have resisted scrutiny over how personal information is collected and sold to advertisers, arguing that regulation will slow the pace of development. A September study by the technology research company Gartner Inc. predicts that the number of mobile applications downloaded will total more than 45 billion this year, nearly double last year’s number.
Concerns over mobile apps’ access to personal data landed in court this year when a Texas man filed a lawsuit alleging the social networking app Path Inc. violated his privacy by storing his address book information on its servers without his permission.
“Slow development.” Indeed.