Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has taken the first legal action under California’s online privacy law against Delta Airlines. The complaint alleges that Delta Airlines failed to comply with the California Online Privacy Protection Act.
"Losing your personal privacy should not be the cost of using mobile apps, but all too often it is," said Attorney General Harris in a statement. "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, the Fly Delta app collects personally identifiable information about individuals who use the app, including GPS data, Delta SkyMiles account number and flight information, passport number, and credit card number and expiration date.
The complaint also notes that the Los Angeles Times and other media outlets reported on Oct 30 that Delta released a statement that they had received the letter and intend to post the information requested, but Delta has not yet done so.
The lawsuit seeks to enjoin Delta from distributing its app with penalties of up to $2,500 for each violation. The lawsuit was filed in the San Francisco Superior Court.
Created by Attorney General Harris this year, the Department of Justice Privacy Enforcement and Protection Unit enforce the California Online Privacy Protection Act of 2004.