California steps up their online privacy protection

Jul 24, 2012 13:23:29Posted by John Skorick, MyAKA Founder & CEO


California steps up their online privacy protection

Attorney General Kamala Harris recently announced California will be cracking down hard on privacy issues within the state in hopes of protecting consumers, according to PC World. The state officials plan on developing more laws requiring better protection and ensuring those who violate these laws will see serious consequences.

"This means that their privacy practices are going to be scrutinized a lot more by the Attorney General's office," Travis LeBlanc, special assistant attorney general for technology, told the news source. "We are going to do outreach to companies, to make sure they know their obligations. And make sure that when there are violations of California privacy laws, we will enforce them."

Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Hewlett-Packard and Research in Motion all agreed to improve their mobile privacy policies for applications in February and Facebook followed suit in June, according to CNET. This makes California's Online Privacy Protection Act one of the best in the country, as they are bringing in mobile applications when other states are far behind.