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How Is GDPR Changing The Mobile App Landscape?

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How Is GDPR Changing The Mobile App Landscape?

Impact of GDPR on mobile apps

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was introduced on May 25, 2018, across 28 European Union (EU) member states. A set of regulations aimed at protecting the personal data of EU residents, non-compliance can prove costly for businesses. But how does GDPR relate to mobile app makers? Well, even if you work with an international audience, if your portfolio includes even a single client from that region, you need to abide by the new laws. And that involves implementing several changes to your existing mobile app data collection, privacy, and protection policies. However, all this is a lot more complicated than it sounds as mobile app developers must take into account the following responsibilities:

1. Protect the Identity of Users

Any information regarding an individual or personally identifiable information that helps a person get identified is deemed ‘personal data.’ This principle is crucial while planning mobile app development. As long as the information directly or closely relates to a given person, it has to be GDPR compliant. Only when the de-anonymization process requires manpower and resources unproportionate to the collected data, you will know your app is GDPR compliant.

2. Pay Attention to Content Development Apps

Apps that enable users to create content often store personal information. App developers must take this into account as each user retains his/her right to choose deletion of private data that could lead to his/her identification. After all, it would be problematic for your business if the personal information of an individual is posted without their express content.

3. Analyze Bug Reports

Apps with built-in bug reporting systems must ensure that the service provider ticks every box in the list of GDPR requirements. If that’s not all, they should analyze the type of data contained within the reports as well as who has access to them.

GDPR is a prime regulation that will require mobile app developers to update their existing policies. Even if your business employs a third-party solution for mobile app development, it must be GDPR compliant. Carefully read through their Terms of Service to determine if the third-party firm’s security certificates meet the GDPR regulations. Otherwise, your business will be jointly blamed for leakage of private information along with the third-party. For more details on a reliable, qualified mobile app developer, click here.

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