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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:
identifies the main parties in the app lifecycle and sets out the key motivations for the collection of smart device-related personal data
discusses the regulatory regime which applies under the United Kingdom General Data Protection Regulation, Retained Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (the UK GDPR) as it applies to mobile apps in the UK
analyses the interaction between the UK GDPR regime and UK’s ePrivacy regime applicable to information stored or accessed on devices in the context of mobile apps
explains why particular care must be taken with location data
illustrates practical considerations that app providers should consider for compliance with the UK GDPR regime when developing apps
sets out a checklist of key issues for app providers to consider, and
notes certain other laws relating to the flow of data or information, including those applicable to social media, advertising and direct marketing which may be relevant
App lifecycle parties such as providers, developers, manufacturers, app stores and communication service providers are all subject to data protection
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