On October 30, 2012, the Attorney General of California, Kamala D. Harris, issued a press release stating that her office has issued formal letters to nearly one hundred mobile application publishers giving notice that they are not in compliance with the California Online Privacy Protection Act. Under the law, companies and developers receiving the letters have thirty days to comply. A sample of the letter can be found here. Non-compliant companies face potential penalties of up to $2500 per download.
- Note that if you collect even non-personally identifiable information from users with your mobile application you may also need to provide notice and get authorization under the Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and state anti-spyware laws.