State warns mobile app makers on consumer privacy

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Posted: Oct 31, 2012 10:00 AM
State warns mobile app makers on consumer privacy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's attorney general is warning dozens of mobile software companies that they are not complying with state consumer privacy laws.

Kamala Harris's office said Tuesday that the attorney general began sending letters this week to developers of up to 100 mobile applications.

The companies are being given 30 days to "conspicuously post" a privacy policy within their applications that let users know what kind of personally identifiable information is being collected and how that data will be used.

Harris says the letters are the first step in taking legal action to enforce the California Online Privacy Protection Act. That law requires online service providers to warn customers when they collect personal information.