ICO guidance for app developers

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) guidance, published just before Christmas, is directed at the designers of apps. The focus is on mobile apps but the guidance is no less applicable to apps on other devices such as games consoles.

The guidance explains what type of data that is collected by an app might constitute personal data for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998 and shows for different types of app when the developer will be the data controller and when it won’t be. The data controller is responsible for ensuring users’ personal data is managed in accordance with the act — as such, knowing whether you are a data controller and what your duties are is of paramount importance.

The guidance recommends that developers collect and process only the minimum amount of personal data necessary, even where this has been thoroughly anonymised or user consent obtained, and that users should have the ability to permanently delete their accounts…

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