Creating a Mobile App? 6 Privacy and Ethics Points to Discuss with Your Developer

Is There an App for That?

Connecting to the Internet is increasingly happening through apps and less through web browsers today — your bank, your gym, your grocery stores and your kids’ school may all have their own mobile apps for you to quickly and easily connect with their services, wherever you are. There are endless possibilities for us to create apps for good, and many organizations working to have a positive impact already have mobile applications on the market. You may be considering developing a mobile app for your organization’s clientele too!

Woah, Nelly! Privacy? Ethics?

But before you go rushing to create an app, hold your horses – there are several factors to address when moving from a browser-based service to an app-based service, some of which involve the privacy of your users’ data. In addition, there are ethical points to be considered when developing a new digital product. While anyone can build an app these days with a variety of tools, not everyone is up to speed on best practices to protect and secure user data. Neglect this at your peril! An entire organization’s reputation can be at stake if user data is mistreated or not properly protected. That’s where the pros come in.

YTH works with various developers to create mobile applications, and we’ve learned some valuable tips from them that we’d like to share with you. In collaboration with Vodafone Americas Foundation, we’ve come up with a handy infographic covering six points about privacy and ethics for you to use in discussion with your app developers, to help you create an app that will honor your users and their information.

Developing a mobile app for youth privacy infographic

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Want More?

To learn more about how you can use technology for good, attend YTH Live 2015 in San Francisco, where presenters will be showcasing a wide variety of digital products for young people’s health, as well as sharing best practices in the field. Register here.

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