SAN FRANCISCO – Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced today the first legal action under California’s online privacy law against Delta Airlines, Inc. for failing to comply with the state’s Online Privacy Protection Act.
“Losing your personal privacy should not be the cost of using mobile apps, but all too often it is,” said Attorney General Harris. “California law is clear that mobile apps collecting personal information need privacy policies, and that the users of those apps deserve to know what is being done with their personal information.”
The California Online Privacy Protection Act is one of the privacy laws that the DOJ’s Privacy Enforcement and Protection Unit is charged with enforcing. Created by Attorney General Harris in 2012, the Privacy Unit’s mission is to enforce federal and state privacy laws regulating the collection, retention, disclosure, and destruction of private or sensitive information by individuals, organizations, and the government. This includes laws relating to cyber privacy, health privacy, financial privacy, identity theft, government records and data breaches.
The October 2012 press release announcing the notification to mobile app developers can be found here: https://www.oag.ca.gov/news/press-releases/attorney-general-kamala-d-harris-notifies-mobile-app-developers-non-compliance. The February 2012 press release announcing the apps agreement can be found here: https://www.oag.ca.gov/news/press-releases/attorney-general-kamala-d-harris-secures-global-agreement-strengthen-privacy. The June 2012 press release announcing that Facebook joined the apps agreement can be found here: https://www.oag.ca.gov/news/press-releases/attorney-general-kamala-d-harris-announces-expansion-california%E2%80%99s-consumer.