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BlackBerry issues privacy guidelines for BlackBerry World developers

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BlackBerry issues privacy guidelines for BlackBerry World developers
Security is the one feature that BlackBerry has left to flaunt over its rivals. And with all of the permissions requested to download and install an app in the Google Play Store, for example, this is one area where BlackBerry could have an edge against Android. On Wednesday, BlackBerry announced a number of new guidelines for developers to follow.

The first new guideline is to Use the Principle of Least Permissions – Limiting Collection. BlackBerry says that developers should request only that information that is "reasonable". In other words, developers should only collect the information that makes their app run better. The manufacturer makes it clear that information not required or needed to improve an app should NOT be collected. BlackBerry also tells developers to Consider the Impact of Third-Party Code. If your app has third party code, developers should know exactly how it works and how it handles customers' information.

BlackBerry suggests that developers Get Consents and Implement a Privacy Policy. If you collect information, BlackBerry says that you need to be able to easily explain what happens to the information that you collect from the public. Along those lines, BlackBerry is telling its developers to Be Accountable. What this means is that developers should understand what legal protection customers have, especially minors. Be Transparent, BlackBerry says. You can build trust with your customers by explaining how your app works. Most importantly, explain how the data you collect makes your app work better.

If you do use information provided to you by customers, it is of the utmost importance that you Secure Your Customers’ Data. Encrypt data at all levels, suggests BlackBerry. This was something that Snapchat failed to do and it resulted in a massive leak of customers' personal information. Lastly, BlackBerry suggests that you give your customers the feeling that they have some control by offering a settings menu. If you're collecting information not necessary to run the app, make it clear that this is optional. In other words, Empower Your Customers to Control Their Information.

If BlackBerry can't beat iOS and Android with the number of apps available to customers, it can try to attract customers worried about the security of their personal information. Let's see if Apple, Google or Microsoft respond.

source: BlackBerry via BerryReview

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posted on 13 Feb 2014, 00:51

1. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

Okay...okay, we know BlackBerry is the best when it comes to security, but can BlackBerry focus on increasing the apps on the BB App World now? Really, you can't expect us to switch from other mature platforms to a less app platform. I want to switch to BlackBerry and give it a try but the app gap is just scary.

Just increase the freaking apps. -__-

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 02:06 1

3. alterecho (Posts: 1099; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)

Android apps can run on BB10 after th recent update, i hear.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 02:22 1

4. sianto (Posts: 65; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)

Ofcourse, you can even (sort of) install the play store!

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 01:10

2. NewroticSlob (Posts: 133; Member since: 09 May 2013)

Nice! Now, that's what they all should've done from the start. A common sense outline for devs.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 02:42

5. n1k0z (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)

it's really easy to install an android app...trust me i've done it after 5 years of android experience. Z10 is seriously good and the android apps make it even better

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