BlackBerry has announced a number of new privacy guidelines for developers to follow.
The first new guideline is toÃ‚Â Use the Principle of Least Permissions Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Limiting Collection.Ã‚Â BlackBerryÃ‚Â says that developers should request only that information that is “reasonable”.Ã‚Â In other words, developers should only collect the information that makes their app run better.Ã‚Â The manufacturer makes it clear that information not required or needed to improve an app should NOT be collected. BlackBerry also tells developers toÃ‚Â Consider the Impact of Third-Party Code.Ã‚Â If your app has third party code, developers should know exactly how it works and how it handles customers’ information.
If you do use information provided to you by customers, it is of the utmost importance that youÃ‚Â Secure Your CustomersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Data.Ã‚Â Encrypt data at all levels, suggests BlackBerry.
Finally, BlackBerry suggests that you give your customers the feeling that they have some control by offering a settings menu. If you’re collecting information not necessary to run the app, make it clear that this is optional. In other words, Empower Your Customers to Control Their Information.[signoff predefined=”Enjoy this?” icon=”icon-users”][/signoff]
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