Technology & Communications Update: ICO issues guidance to app developers

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued guidance urging app developers towards ‘privacy by design’ and highlighting the need for transparent privacy policies and flexible settings. 

Mobile devices that collect personal data, particularly through apps, create a number of privacy risks, not least because they are portable, always on, have small screens that can make communication of legal niceties difficult and they are geared towards a convenient user experience.

The ICO has issued guidance for app developers on privacy in mobile apps. If you are an app developer or a data controller or data processor of personal data collected through an app on a mobile device, the guidance is a useful reminder of how to help ensure you comply with data protection rules from the outset. It also points to other pieces of useful guidance and to other legislation with which you will need to comply…

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