Courts Question Mobile App Privacy Issue
Saturday, May 11, 2013
On December 12, 2012 last year, the Attorney General for the State of California filed against Delta Air Lines alleging, for the first time in California, that Delta Air Lines, California’s Online Privacy Protection law when it collected personal identifiable information using its “Fly Delta” mobile application.
On May 9, 2013, the San Francisco Superior Court dismissed the case on the grounds federal law, not state law, controlled how an airline provides information and communicates with consumers.
The ruling is extremely important as it the first time a California Court held that privacy standards mobile app developers must follow will be dictated by whether the industry is federally regulated and not whether the mobile app merely obtains personal information from a consumer in California.
While not apparently included as a basis for the Court’s actual ruling, Delta raised other arguments which may be used in other cases: (1) A mobile app is not an “online service”?;
(3) Delta did not collect personal identifiable information.
Adam Grant, Esq
Alpert Barr & Grant
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