California AG Files First Mobile Application Privacy Suit

Posted on December 7th, 2012 in Digital Commerce, State Issues By BuckleySandler

On December 6, California Attorney General Kamala Harris (AG) announced an enforcement action against Delta Airlines for allegedly failing to comply with the state’s Online Privacy Protection Act. This is the first action brought by the AG’s office under this law and follows other efforts by the AG’s office to require enhanced mobile privacy disclosures. In October, the AG’s office sent letters to 30 companies, including Delta, advising those entities that their mobile applications failed to comply with the state privacy law and providing them 30 days to remedy the alleged failure. The complaint alleges that since at least 2010, Delta has operated a mobile application that may be used to, for example, check-in online for an airplane flight, view reservations for air travel, or rebook cancelled or missed flights. The AG claims that the Delta application collections substantial personally identifiable information but does not have a privacy policy. The suit seeks to enjoin Delta from distributing its application without a privacy policy and penalties of up to $2,500 for each violation.

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