First California lawsuit over mobile privacy issues crashes

Court rules that federal airline laws preempt state statutes in suit seeking to force Delta Air Lines to notify mobile app users about data collection plans

By , Computerworld |  Security

In October, she sent notices to 100 mobile application developers warning them that they weren't in compliance with California privacy laws and urging them to notify customers of their data collection practices within 30 days.

The Delta lawsuit was seen by some as a test of the state's ability to enforce its privacy policies on providers of mobile applications and services. Over the past 18 months or so. Harris and other state and federal regulators have expressed growing concern over the data collection and sharing practices of providers of mobile applications and services.

Just last week, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) introduced legislation that would require mobile app developers to provide clear notice to consumers and get their consent before collecting personal data from mobile devices.

"Delta was not a great test case for the California AG so she will be back," said Scott Vernick, partner at the Fox Rothschild LLP law firm in Philadelphia.

"Any company worth its salt, and particularly mobile app developers, should make sure that that they are complying with CalOPPA," he said, Going forward expect other states could enact and strongly enforce such rules, he said.

Harris' office did not respond to a request for comment on the ruling.

Jaikumar Vijayan covers data security and privacy issues, financial services security and e-voting for Computerworld. Follow Jaikumar on Twitter at @jaivijayan, or subscribe to Jaikumar's RSS feed . His e-mail address is jvijayan@computerworld.com.

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