Attorney general: airline's mobile app breaks state law

5:57 PM, Dec 6, 2012   |    comments
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A smartphone application that allows travelers on Delta Airline to check in, change seats, and more violates California's online privacy law, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday by Attorney General Kamala Harris.

"California law is clear that mobile apps collecting personal information need privacy policies," said Harris in a written statement, "and that the users of those apps deserve to know what is being done with their personal information."

The lawsuit was filed in San Francisco Superior Court, and comes after Delta and other companies were flagged by state attorneys as not complying with the 2004 state law requiring information for consumers on how their information is shared or used.

Harris notified the companies in October of the problem. Delta, which hasn't yet commented on the legal action, said at the time that it intended to comply.

The penalty could be steep for an mobile application that's downloaded by scores of consumers; the state law allows up to $2500 in fines per violation.


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