“Ignorance of the law excuses no man: not that all men know the law, but because ‘tis an excuse every man will plead, and no man can tell how to refute him.” – John Selden
If your company is operating or developing software applications, including mobile applications, be warned. Application developers face increased scrutiny, legal challenges and potentially stiff penalties for non-compliance with state privacy laws designed to protect online consumers.
In February 2012, California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris warned mobile application developers that her office would aggressively enforce California’s Online Privacy Protection Act. If online services or website operators collect personal identifiable information from California residents, the Act requires the services to post their privacy policies conspicuously.
Think you don’t need to worry about California laws? Think again. The California Online Privacy Protection Act applies to any operator whose app is downloaded by a California consumer, regardless of the physical location of the operator’s business.
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