Mobile app development and data protection
Mobile app development and data protection

The following Information Law practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Mobile app development and data protection
  • Key parties in the app ecosystem
  • Regulatory framework
  • The GDPR
  • Meaning of ‘processing’ and ‘personal data’
  • Whether the GDPR regime applies
  • Mixed datasets
  • Controllers or processors
  • Core principles
  • Other requirements
  • More...

Brexit: On 31 January 2020, the UK ceased to be an EU Member State and entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. During this period, the GDPR applies in the UK and the UK generally continues to be treated as an EU (and EEA) state for EEA and UK data protection law purposes. Any references to EEA or EU states in this Practice Note should therefore be read to also include the UK until the end of the implementation period. For further guidance on that period, its duration and the data protection laws that are anticipated to apply after the end of it, see Practice Note: Brexit—implications for data protection.

This Practice Note refers to mobile apps: the software applications that run on mobile devices. Mobile devices include mobile phones, tablets, smart watches and other ‘wearable tech’, and other devices that run apps on an operating system (OS) that acts as a platform onto which apps are built and displayed to the user.

This Practice Note:

  1. identifies the main parties in the app lifecycle and sets out the key motivations for the collection of smart device-related personal data

  2. discusses the regulatory regime which applies under the General Data Protection Regulation, Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (the GDPR) as it applies to mobile apps in the UK

  3. analyses the interaction between the

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