Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner takes lead on Privacy Regulation of Mobile Apps

Privacy regulators are increasingly turning their attention to the manner in which mobile apps collect, process and transmit personal data.

On 9 December, 21 privacy enforcement authorities around the world issued an open letter to seven of the world's leading app marketplaces calling on them to make app privacy policies available to users prior to downloading.

The open letter was initiated jointly by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, Hong Kong (the "PCPD") and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Other signatories to the letter included the UK Information Commissioner, the Privacy Commissioners of Australia and New Zealand and the Vice President of the Korea Internet and Security Agency.

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