Mobile app developers – head on over to the FTC website to download their latest guide:
The Federal Trade Commission has published a guide to help mobile application developers observe truth-in-advertising and basic privacy principles when marketing new mobile apps. The FTC’s new publication, “Marketing Your Mobile App: Get It Right from the Start,” notes that there are general guidelines that all app developers should consider.
[FTC Publishes Guide to Help Mobile App Developers Observe Truth-in-Advertising, Privacy Principles.]
On March 20, 2012, I joined Tracy Child, Esq. of Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti LLP in presenting “Legal Issues in the Review of Non-Profit Websites” as a teleconference for the Pro Bono Partnership. This Summer, I’ll be updating an article on the same topic so stay tuned. If you are not familiar with the Pro Bono Partnership, here is a little more about them: Read more…
Good news from the State of New Jersey relating to financing for small NJ businesses – we’ll see how this develops:
New legislation is aimed at making it easier for small companies to find state financing programs, according to a business advocate.
“One of the things we keep hearing is that there are many programs that could benefit companies, but business owners just haven’t heard about them,” said Bob Loderstedt, CEO of the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program. “It would be nice if there was a place we could find out about them all.”
A measure signed into law Thursday by Gov. Chris Christie establishes a program within the Department of State’s Business Action Center “to assist small businesses in identifying all of the financial assistance programs for which those businesses may be eligible,” according to an announcement from the governor’s office. “This program will help small businesses navigate the numerous finance, incentive and assistance programs administered by various state departments and entities that are available to these businesses.”
Got apps? Get COPPA compliant. For those who thought that the Childrens’ Online Privacy Protection Act only applied to websites, think again:
A developer of mobile applications, including children’s games for the iPhone and iPod touch, will pay $50,000 to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act COPPA and the FTC’s COPPA Rule by illegally collecting and disclosing personal information from tens of thousands of children under age 13 without their parents’ prior consent. This is the Commission’s first case involving mobile applications, known as apps.“The FTC’s COPPA Rule requires parental notice and consent before collecting children’s personal information online, whether through a website or a mobile app,” said Chairman Jon Leibowitz. “Companies must give parents the opportunity to make smart choices when it comes to their children’s sharing of information on smart phones.”
[via Mobile Apps Developer Settles FTC Charges It Violated Children's Privacy Rule.]
Thirty hours of instruction over 8 weeks – and you don’t have to pay the Apple developer registration fee:
NJIT Continuing Professional Education announces ONLINE iPhone/iPad Software Application Development training class. NJIT is one of the first universities to offer training about iPhone and then about iPad app development. This non-credit iPhone & iPad Application Development course adultlearner.njit.edu/admissions/prospective/iphone_online.php is open to the general public and is available 100% online. Participants in this class receive a login to the NJIT Apple Developer Program portal and receive full access to all of the NJIT Apple resources without paying the additional $99 Apple Developer Registration fee required of private developers. The Apple resources include documentation, development software and video tutorials. This portal now supports both the Mac OS X Lion and Snow Leopard Development environments.