Last updated on 13 September 2022 by Robert Bateman (Privacy and Data Protection Research Writer at TermsFeed)
- At Step 1, select the App option.
- Answer some questions about your app.
- Answer some questions about your business.
What kinds of information are deemed “personal?” Any information that could be used to identify someone.
A few examples include:
- Billing or shipping address
- First name and family name
- IP address
- Email address
- Credit card details
A number of major, overarching privacy regulations have been made law in the last few years, and they’re not restricted to single nations. One of these regulations covers 28 countries, some apply to two or three countries, and one was developed by one state (California) but manages to apply to the entire USA.
The most significant regulation is the EU’s (European Union’s) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into effect in May of 2018 and quite rigorously secures the confidentiality of the personal information of all those in the 28 EU countries. It’s 88 pages long and goes further than any other regulation to establish a safe online environment for consumers.
Australia’s Privacy Act of 1988 was drafted before information technology was a major threat to personal privacy. However, its principles still apply today and the letter of the law has been updated to reflect current conditions.
CalOPPA in the United States is a regulation created by California which now serves as a privacy regulation for the whole country.
The Student Online Protection Act (SOPIPA) is a regulation protecting student data from third-party vendors (e.g. businesses that scan emails to collect information in aid of marketing initiatives). Since vendors often use mobile phone apps to scan the contents of smartphones, app developers are now required to strictly adhere to their own conspicuously placed Privacy Policies.
If your app targets users under the age of 13, COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) requires that only certain information be collected from children, and with parental consent. An app developer would have to find a reliable means of verifying parental consent.
Other privacy regulations include PIPEDA in Canada and PDPA in Singapore and Malaysia.
- Be easy to understand
- Be conspicuously posted
- Clearly inform consumers of what information you collect, why you collect it, what you plan to do with it, and with whom you may share it
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