Apple on board with new privacy policy standards for apps

Considering Apple has been in hot water lately because of the whole apps-accessing-contact-information-without-a-user’s-knowledge thing, it’s not very surprising to see the company name on a list of those in agreement with new standards for privacy policy for mobile applications. Apple joins Google, Amazon, HP, RIM, and Microsoft in a new security program. According to California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris,

“The agreement with the platforms is designed to ensure that mobile apps comply with the California Online Privacy Protection Act. The Act requires operators of commercial web sites and online services, including mobile apps, who collect personally identifiable information about Californians to conspicuously post a privacy policy.”

As part of the agreement, companies supplying mobile applications will need to display a privacy policy to the user before an app is downloaded in the “application-download screen.”

Honestly, this is certainly a step in the right direction, but I certainly hope it doesn’t mean one more annoying pop-up when downloading an application. We’ve all see the way Apple displays privacy policies every time there’s a change to the Terms and Conditions of the App Store, and it’s infuriating. I mean, no one really reads those things… Hopefully Apple – and the rest of the companies involved – can implement this security measure without compromising the user experience.

What do you guys think? Is this a wise move, or will it cause more harm than good? Let me know in the comments section below or on twitter.


Via: 9to5 Mac

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