App Developers Must Display Privacy Policies on Their Websites

privacy-et-imgFace it, being an app developer is mostly a thankless job. You spend years creating a valuable app and end up either selling it for cheap or giving it away. People publicly tell you what you did wrong or what you could have done better. And the moment you finish, someone else on the other side of the world has created a similar yet inferior app. Becuase they have more marketing money, your superior app gets pushed to the side, never to be heard from again.

Not only that, but getting onto iTunes, Google Play, and/or Amazon is almost as difficult as it was to create the app. Now, to add insult to injury, the powers that be are requesting that you create a website related to the app and add a privacy policy that complies with all the online privacy laws. This you must do so that people who want to download or purchase or app – or who have already downloaded or purchased your app – can get in contact with you should there be a question or concern.

The Attorney General of California and the six big application platform owners (Amazon, Apple, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft and Research In Motion) signed an agreement in 2012 to make apps compliant with California’s privacy laws resulting in the continued need for app developers to become privacy policy compliant.

Failure to connect a privacy policy (hosted on a website) to the app (hosted at an app store) will result in the denial of your app being listed on the app store. If the initial privacy policy ever gets deleted, or the website where it is hosted ever gets hacked, and the app stores learn about the absence of the policy, your app account will first be suspended and then terminated if not immediately resolved.

In order to make this process as simple as possible, we suggest using the privacy policy generator offered by freeprivacypolicy.com. Like the name says, you can get a free privacy policy (no strings attached) that you can easily upload onto the website that is connected to your app.

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