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Google, Apple, Microsoft to Improve Users’ Privacy on Mobiles

Kamala D. Harris, the Attorney General of California reached an agreement with 6 of the largest mobile device makers in the world on Wednesday over how applications running on their devices handle users' personal data.

The six companies that were part of this new agreement include - Google Inc., Apple Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., Inc., Research In Motion Ltd. as well as Microsoft Corp.

With this new agreement coming into effect, it will be mandatory for all apps offered via these platforms to come up with a pre-defined and adequate privacy policy. Harris mentioned that today, twenty-two out of the 30 most downloaded apps in these platforms do not have any privacy policy.

"We have populations without knowledge of `mobile technology's~ potential uses who are potentially vulnerable. We seek to give them tools to protect themselves," said Harris reports by South Coast Today.

Harris further stated that though the agreement is based on a 2004 California law on privacy, it will benefit Internet users elsewhere too. However, he refrained from disclosing the exact time frame within which these changes will be enforced.

Meanwhile, none of the companies involved in the agreement came forward with their comments on the matter.