On August 30, 2018, Apple announced a June update to its App Store Review Guidelines that will require each developer to provide its privacy policy as part of the app review process and include in such policy specific content requirements. Effective October 3, 2018, all new apps and app updates must include a link to the developer’s privacy policy before they can be submitted for distribution to users through the App Store or through TestFlight external testing.
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On July 19, 2018, the French Data Protection Authority announced that it served a formal notice to two advertising startups headquartered in France, FIDZUP and TEEMO. Both companies collect personal data from mobile phones via software development kit tools integrated into the code of their partners’ mobile apps—even when the apps are not in use—and process the data to conduct marketing campaigns on mobile phones.
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On July 31, 2018, the Supreme Court of Ireland granted Facebook, Inc.’s leave to appeal a lower court’s ruling sending a privacy case to the Court of Justice of the European Union. In granting Facebook leave to appeal, the Supreme Court noted that “[i]t is in the interest of justice” that the Court hear its arguments. The hearing will take place within the next five months.
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On June 28, 2018, the Governor of California signed the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. The Act introduces key privacy requirements for businesses, and was passed quickly by California lawmakers in an effort to remove a ballot initiative of the same name from the November 6, 2018, statewide ballot. The Act will take effect January 1, 2020.
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On June 21, 2018, California lawmakers introduced AB 375, the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. If enacted and signed by the Governor by June 28, 2018, AB 375 would introduce key privacy requirements for businesses, but would also result in the removal of a ballot initiative of the same name from the November 6, 2018, statewide ballot.
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