California AG Is Suing Delta Airlines Over App Privacy Issue

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has filed a lawsuit against Delta Airlines claiming that airline’s mobile app does not comply with the state’s Online Privacy Protection Act.

The Fly Delta app lets users check in to flights online, view reservations, pay for checked baggage, access their frequent flyer account, and event take photos. According to Harris, the airline does not offer users a clear privacy policy. The complaint claims, “California law is clear that mobile apps collecting personal information need privacy policies, and that the users of those apps deserve to know what is being done with their personal information.”

According to the complaint, even though Delta has a privacy policy on its website, the company doesn’t have a clear privacy policy for the Fly Delta app specifically. The suit, which was filed in San Francisco Superior Court, wants to stop Delta from distributing the app without a privacy policy and penalties of up to $2,500 for each violation.

Here is more from the Attorney General’s press release: “Despite collecting substantial personally identifiable information such as a user’s full name, telephone number, email address, frequent flyer account number and pin code, photographs, and geo-location, the Fly Delta application does not have a privacy policy.”

 The Los Angeles Times points out: “