Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Announces Expansion of California’s Consumer Privacy Protections to Social Apps as Facebook Signs Apps Agreement
“Consumers deserve to be able to make informed choices about how much personal information they want to share with others when using social apps,” said Attorney General Harris. “We are delighted that Facebook has joined Amazon, Apple, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, and Research in Motion to provide consumers with greater control and information about how their personal data is used. We need to protect privacy while we foster innovation.”
In a letter to Attorney General Harris released today, Facebook wrote “…we hope that you will consider us a signatory to the Joint Statement.” Facebook joins an agreement that was first announced in February when Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc., Google Inc., Hewlett-Packard Company, Microsoft Corporation, and Research in Motion Limited all signed on to a Joint Statement of Principles.
In the letter, Facebook’s Chief Privacy Officer Erin M. Egan wrote, “As you know, the Joint Statement’s principles embodied essential protections for Californians and others who use mobile apps by encouraging companies that provide mobile app markets to give developers the ability to provide a link to their privacy policies and to display those links along with other app details….As we built the App Center, we were guided by the principles contained in the Joint Statement.”
In addition to signing the Joint Statement, Facebook will participate in a multi-stakeholder Advisory Group on Mobile Privacy Practices that the Attorney General’s Office and the California Office of Privacy Protection have convened to develop best practices for mobile privacy generally and to develop model mobile privacy policies in particular.
Copies of both letters are attached to the electronic version of this release at: http://oag.ca.gov/news
The February 2012 press release announcing the apps agreement can be found here: http://oag.ca.gov/news/press-releases/attorney-general-kamala-d-harris-secures-global-agreement-strengthen-privacy