1) Facebook requirements:
2) State implications:
States play an important role in the privacy changes we're witnessing. On February 22, 2012, California's Attorney General, Kamala Harris, announced an agreement with mobile industry giants (Amazon, Apple, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft and Research In Motion) to improve consumer privacy protection. To its credit, Facebook has taken the lead by requiring that developers provide privacy policies.
3) Federal Trade Commission (FTC):
The FTC's primary strategic goal is protecting consumers across the United States by preventing "fraud, deception, and unfair business practices in the marketplace." The time has come that mobile apps are finally on its radar. On May 30, 2012, the FTC held a workshop on advertising and privacy disclosures to help determine how mobile privacy policies can be made accessible and effective.
As a provider of an app product, the more information you collect or retain from your users, the higher the standard is to which you will be held. Developers who retain and cull consumer information through a mobile app are wise to take steps now to comply with current private enterprise and state regulations and avoid headaches, or even legal problems, down the road.
Jovan A. Johnson. Esq.
Jovan Johnson is a California licensed attorney who focuses on SEO, mobile games, and apps. He is passionate about mentoring students and steering dollars to scholarships, and speaks regularly about career opportunities. He is a principal at Johnson Moo, Furzy, Paymaster.Co, and 320 Instrumentals.