New Australia mobile app development guidelines published
What even disappointed me more was the information regarding the guidelines is that apps developers are not bound by the law to embrace them and the whole process is voluntary and under no obligations is there a precise guideline recommending an action. The guidelines defer to the to businesses with an annual turnover of more than $3 million. Australian apps guidelines recommends best practices in app development thus allowing users to opt in to the collection or use of their personal information although it does recommend opt out if opt in is not practicable. The new guidelines means that if apps developers breach Australian privacy laws they could lead to them having to change their app or paying compensation to complainant. The incoming Australia privacy act suggests developers avoid collecting information about a user’s movements and activities through the use of integrated location and movement sensors unless it relates directly to the app and they have the user’s informed consent. The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network was quoted in the national media as being optimistic that the new guidelines would clear the air to app developers handling app user personal information that are subject to Australian privacy laws.