Compliance with online privacy rules just got a little more complicated. The Wall Street Journal is reporting late this afternoon that California Attorney General Kamala Harris has reached an agreement with six leading mobile device companies regarding privacy policies for apps. The companies who agreed to the settlement are the largest in the sphere: Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, HP, and RIM.
This settlement appears to represent only the latest government effort to monitor and regulate personal information online. Of course, the Facebook settlement last fall was substantial. Some members of Congress have demanded hearings respecting announced changes in Google’s privacy policies. And just in the last week it was disclosed that the FTC is investigating background check companies for violations of their privacy policies and the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Given the current regulatory environment, ensuring that privacy policies for information franchisors and franchisees collect online are complete, and followed completely, is essential.