Statement from Future of Privacy Forum Director Jules Polonetsky:
“We commend California Attorney General Kamala Harris and her staff for reaching this agreement among the major application platforms.
Apps can only provide innovative services to consumers if they use personal information responsibly. If apps surprise consumers by grabbing information that isn’t needed or by surprising consumers, they risk losing access to user data. The California agreement will ensure that consumers are protected and that the app environment continues to flourish.
In December 2011 FPF together with CDT released a beta version of our “Best Practices for Mobile Application Developers”. The guidance seeks to serve as a primer for developers who are not necessarily privacy experts themselves.
On April 25, 2012 FPF together with the Application Developer Alliance (ADA) will host an App Developer Privacy Summit to discuss “The Complex App Ecosystem.” The event will examine the important privacy challenges and opportunities facing the app ecosystem and will include app developers, platforms, advertisers and privacy experts who will discuss how to ensure a trusted consumer environment for continued growth in the dynamic app market.”