California Attorney General Kamala Harris yesterday announced the creation of a Privacy Enforcement and Protection Unit in her office that will focus on protecting consumer and individual privacy through civil prosecution of federal and state privacy laws. The Unit will be staffed by six prosecutors who will focus on privacy enforcement. Joanne McNabb, formerly of the California Office of Privacy Protection, will oversee the Unit’s education and outreach efforts.
As we previously reported here, Harris forged an agreement earlier this year with various mobile platform providers to ensure that the mobile apps they carry that collect personal information include privacy policies. A recently-released study by the Future of Privacy Forum suggests that mobile app developers “have begun to heed the call for privacy policies” in the wake of this agreement and related developments.