The body, which represents all data protection authorities throughout the European Union, has published an opinion on mobile apps which sets out the specific obligations that app developers must comply with when designing and deploying apps that will collect personal data from end users' devices. The opinion also discusses the requirements that app stores, advertising providers, operating system providers and device manufacturers must consider in order to comply with European data protection law.
In its opinion, the Working Party has said that:
The Working Party also expressed its concern about the adequacy of security measures currently being adopted by app developers to protect personal data that they collect via apps. App developers must ensure that they take appropriate security measures to protect any personal data from being lost, stolen or accessed or disclosed without authorisation. App developers must also take care not to stretch or exceed the purposes for which they are collecting and using personal data if they are to avoid breaking European data protection law.
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