Countless mobile apps collect our data. From our name, to our phone number or email address, our personal data is often collected and stored. Depending on what happens with this data, developers can become legally accountable for deceptive practices after one small misstep. It is a scary concept, and now more than ever development teams need to become privacy-savvy.
Katy Bachman of AdWeek references a recent study that shows a sudden increase in mobile app privacy policies:
The data and resources contained in and controlled by an application need to be protected. The number of mobile threats is increasing, and a security breach can occur for a number of reasons whether it is poor design, code or process. With security testing, a team can identify and fix any security holes within the application’s code and any other possible common attacks or vulnerabilities.
The more data an application collects, the more at risk the app is for a security breach. This is not to say an application should not collect any data – but it does mean the developer must go through the necessary steps to ensure their users’ personal data is kept private.
Let’s hear from some developers – how do you ensure privacy and security when it comes to mobile apps? Let us know in the comments section.