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First California lawsuit over mobile privacy issues crashes

Jaikumar Vijayan | May 15, 2013
A California state court has dismissed a closely watched lawsuit charging that Delta Air Lines failed to comply with state privacy laws for mobile applications

The Delta lawsuit was seen by some as a test of the state's ability to enforce its privacy policies on providers of mobile applications and services. Over the past 18 months or so. Harris and other state and federal regulators have expressed growing concern over the data collection and sharing practices of providers of mobile applications and services.

Just last week, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) introduced legislation that would require mobile app developers to provide clear notice to consumers and get their consent before collecting personal data from mobile devices.

"Delta was not a great test case for the California AG so she will be back," said Scott Vernick, partner at the Fox Rothschild LLP law firm in Philadelphia.

"Any company worth its salt, and particularly mobile app developers, should make sure that that they are complying with CalOPPA," he said, Going forward expect other states could enact and strongly enforce such rules, he said.

Harris' office did not respond to a request for comment on the ruling.


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