California Warns Mobile Apps to Post Privacy Policies
or Face Up to $2,500 Fine per Download
November 6, 2012
Mobile app developers, take note: California Attorney General Kamala Harris has begun sending warning letters to approximately 100 mobile app developers, formally notifying them that their apps do not have privacy policies that comply with California law. Privacy protection has been a top priority for Attorney General Harris, and these warning letters are just the most recent example of her efforts.
The warning letters are yet another step toward positioning California as one of the most active enforcers of consumer privacy rights. In June 2012, Attorney General Harris announced the creation of a new Privacy and Enforcement Protection Unit (Privacy Unit) with the mission of protecting Californians' privacy rights through the civil prosecution of state and federal privacy laws. App developers that do not comply with CalOPPA risk becoming targets of the new Privacy Unit's first enforcement actions.
If you have received a warning letter from Attorney General Harris or have questions regarding your obligations under CalOPPA, please contact Tracy Shapiro at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 947-2042; Lydia Parnes at email@example.com or (202) 973-8801; Michael Rubin at firstname.lastname@example.org or (650) 849-3311; or your regular Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati contact.