Companies agree to app privacy rules

California settlement could change how app makers handle personal data

A recent settlement, reached between California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and six companies, may change the way app makers handle personal data as well as the way app users download their apps.

The six companies—Apple Inc., Google Inc., Inc., Microsoft Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Research In Motion Ltd.—will require all apps to have privacy policies. The California law requires that any app that collects personal data must have a clear privacy policy that discloses what information it collects and what it will do with that information.


Cathleen Flahardy

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