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 August 3, 2018, California-based Unixiz Inc. agreed to shut down its “i-Dressup” website pursuant to a consent order with the New Jersey Attorney General, which the company entered into to settle charges that it violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act. The consent order also requires Unixiz to pay a civil penalty of $98,618.
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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 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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On November 6, 2018, California voters will consider a ballot initiative called the California Consumer Privacy Act. The Act is designed to give California residents the right to request from businesses the categories of personal information the business has sold or disclosed to third parties, with some exceptions.
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