“I am sure that the AG’s office will prefer that apps come into compliance rather than pay fines,” says Jules Polonetsky, Director of policy think tank, the Future of Privacy Forum, “but it appears that it is going to take the threat of enforcement to get the attention of developers.”
According to the Forum’s research, roughly 61% of apps conspicuously display privacy information, and most top app downloads did comply. Amazon, Apple, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, and Research In Motion, and (later) Facebook have all signed on to the new privacy regulations.
Not that the state would be able to collect all of the money even if it inflicted the maximum fine. But, to give a sense of scope, if Angry Birds actually violated the privacy rules, the fines collected would pay off most the debt accrued by the entire United States over the last 2 years (roughly $2.5 trillion, resulting from 1 billion downloads).