Contributed by Lee Kim, Esq.
All commercial website and online service providers need to comply with the requirements of the California Online Privacy Protection Act. California recently issued guidance on how mobile application developers and others can comply with those requirements at the design stage in its guide entitled, "Privacy On the Go Recommendations for the Mobile Ecosystem." This is believed to be the first time an attorney general in the United States has issued such guidance.
According to news reports (see, e.g., http://www.informationweek.com/government/mobile/california-targets-mobile-apps-for-missi/240012603), California’s Attorney General, Kamala D. Harris, has notified businesses that they may be violating the California Online Privacy Protection Act by not having privacy policies in place as required by COPPA.