Facebook to require privacy policies in mobile apps
It's one small step for individual autonomy, as the social network brings its app ecosystem into compliance with a user-privacy effort spearheaded by the California attorney general.
Facebook will require developers to include privacy policies in apps used by mobile users on the social network. The move is part of an effort led by the California Attorney General's office aimed at getting Internet companies to provide better privacy protections for consumers.
Facebook is the seventh company to make that commitment aimed at providing consumers information about the data that apps will access, use, and share before they download them, according to a statement released today from California Attorney General Kamala Harris. In February, Harris announced, as well as Amazon, Hewlett-Packard and Research in Motion.
Facebook built its App Center, which was , with the principles of the AG's privacy guidelines in mind, said Erin Egan, chief privacy officer of Facebook.
"We are committed to building transparency, control, and accountability into all of our products, and we believe that the App Center empowers users to learn about the policies that will apply to data collected when they use mobile apps included in the Facebook App Center and to make informed choices about which apps they wish to use," she wrote in a letter to Harris.