Delta App Faces California Suit

California’s attorney general filed a first-ever privacy lawsuit against the maker of a smartphone application, a move that could shape how the nascent app industry handles personal information.

The state’s attorney general, Kamala D. Harris, filed a civil suit Thursday in a state court in San Francisco against Delta Air Lines Inc. for failing to include a privacy policy in the app it offers for download in online stores run by Apple Inc., Google Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Research In Motion Ltd.

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