|Your apps are suppose to make you money, get you recognition and make life a little easier for the end user–not get you fined $800,000.
It’s been all over the internet that the makers of the Path social networking app will pay a civil penalty to settle U.S. Federal Trade Commission charges that it illegally collected personal information from kids without parental consent.
With our lives being so open because of the internet and social media, it’s no surprise that privacy would be of concern for app makers, organizations and the end user.
We all want to make sure we’re getting what we want out of the deal and have our privacy respected at the same time. That’s why we want to give you these three quick tips to make sure you’re not fined and/or penalized for your hard work.
2. Give them options. One of the things that happened with Path’s iOS app is that the FTC said that the app was not only misleading but that it provided users no meaningful choice about the collection of their personal information, instead they just took the data from the user’s address book even if the person hadn’t selected to “find friends from contacts,” which leads to our next tip…
3. Do no automatically collect data from a user’s address book. For each contact in the user’s mobile device address book, Path automatically collected and stored any available information including dates of birth, Facebook and Twitter handles, phone numbers, street addresses as well as their first and/or last names.
Even though we leave location tracking and collection of end user data to the application developers, our goal is to make sure you’re profiting with your apps by doing the right thing to avoid costly fines that eat up your profits. The GeoLoqal Mobile development platform helps developers create, test and monetize Location-Aware Applications. There is a free sign up option to test drive the platform.
Profitable Apps and Privacy Issues: 3 Quick Tips to Make Sur