On Friday we kicked off ACT’s app privacy events with a special Privacy boot camp for kids apps. In cooperation with Moms with Apps and Silicon Valley Apps for Kids, the event was held at the offices of Creativity, Inc., an innovative company that builds the software that goes into toys. During four intense hours of discussion, workshops, and learning, participants learned the basics of privacy law and how to treat the data their apps collect about customers with the highest respect and safety.
Privacy attorney Christina Gagnier gave an overview of the current lay of the land and shared how the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act applies to mobile apps. This session sparked many questions from the audience about practical issues. It’s clear that App developers care about privacy and want to make sure their apps are both compliant with all applicable laws and meet the expectations of parents.
ACT’s Morgan Reed shared the tremendous opportunities that become available when you build apps that include privacy by design and Mike Sax of Sax.net shared his personal experiences as an app developer and a number of best practices for building apps that take privacy seriously.
Participants walked away with a clear understanding of the law and a set of tools to implement good privacy practices. Now they can go back to focus on what they do best: building awesome apps that engage and delight their customers. Our next app privacy event will be held in Seattle as part of the Privacy, Identity, and Innovation Conference on May 14, 2012.
To be continued.