Regulators increasingly want to know what companies are telling consumers about how the companies are using information about their consumers. Companies that do not properly explain how they collect, store, and use their customers’ information are facing increased scrutiny. Nowhere is this increased scrutiny move evident than in the $22.5 million civil penalty that the FTC levied against Google, or the FTC’s complaint and decision against Facebook.
Now, the Office of the Attorney General for the State of California has weighed in by cracking down on companies that do not include privacy policies in their mobile apps. In a recent press release, California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced that her office has begun formally notifying up to 100 mobile application developers and companies that they are not in compliance with California privacy law. According to Bloomberg, some of these companies receiving letters include United-Continental, Delta Air Lines, and Open Table.
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