We reported earlier that according to a research App Store apps would seek (possibly leak) more privacy details of users than the jailbreak apps. The research was conducted in the wake of Path scandal of user data being stored by Path and uploaded without user’s consent.
Path had sparked a huge controversy over user privacy violations in popular App Store apps. The outcry and criticism from media resulted in a new order from The California Attorney General to enforce new standards for informing users about app privacy policies.
The agreement further commits the platforms to educate developers about their obligations to respect consumer privacy and to disclose to consumers what private information they collect, how they use the information, and with whom they share it. The platforms will also work to improve compliance with privacy laws by giving users tools to report non-compliant apps and committing companies to implement processes to respond to these reports.
According to the results of the recent research, Apple’s App Store is actually one of the worst platforms for displaying an app’s privacy permissions plainly. The Android Market and other popular apps stores display app permissions more visibly (comparing with Apple’s app store). However, it is nearly impossible to find privacy information in the App Store before actually installing an app.
We hope that the new ruling from The California Attorney General will spur all technology companies and developers alike to be more transparent about disclosing privacy information.
Source: Cult Of Mac