SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced on Friday that Facebook has signed the Joint Statement of Principals to strengthen consumer privacy protections worldwide for users of online applications.
Facebook is the seventh company to sign the agreement, which extends the limits of California's privacy protections beyond mobile apps on tablets, smart phones and other electronic devices to include social apps. The apps in Facebook's App Center are used by millions of consumers every day.
"Consumers deserve to be able to make informed choices about how much personal information they want to sharewith others when using social apps," Harris said. "We are delighted that Facebook has joined Amazon, Apple, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, and Research in Motion to provide consumers with greater control and information about how their personal data is used. We need to protect privacy while we foster innovation."
The agreement was first announced in February and was signed by Research in Motion Limited, Microsoft Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Company, Google Inc., Apple Inc. and Amazon.com. Harris began working with the six companies in 2011 to create the joint statement to make sure that emerging online technologies were in compliance with the state's Online Privacy Protection Act.
Facebook will also participate in a multi-stakeholder Advisory Group on Mobile Privacy Practices convened by Harris's office and the California Office of Privacy Protection. The group is meant to create best practices for mobile privacy generally and to develop model mobile privacy policies.