Australia’s mobile apps guidelines to be released on Monday
My close apps developer is one of those that the Privacy Commissioner has been consulting together with other industry and consumer group stakeholders on the guidelines. He informed me that apps developers should expect increased scrutiny of privacy practices in the app industry by both regulators and the market itself. According to him, a research carried out revealed that 69% of respondents reported they had refused to use an apps or website because they collect too much personal information. The draft guidelines which I’ve been able to read suggest developers in Australia can only collect personal information that the app needs to function, and state that ideally, users should be able to opt out of sharing their personal information with third parties such as ad networks. However, not all stakeholders support the idea with media and tech industries arguing the guidelines should be less prescriptive. In its submission on the guidelines, the Australian Interactive Media Industry Association said the Commissioner’s suggestion that users be prompted to accept or decline permissions each time an app is updated will make the user experience confusing, and distract from more important new privacy notices.