Thursday Apple Rumors: iPad 3, London Apple Store Will Debut Together, Sources Say

Also, AAPL and other tech companies agree to comply with a California privacy law covering mobile apps

Here are your Apple rumors and AAPL new items for today.

New London Apple Store Opening For iPad 3 Release?: 9 to 5 Mac reported in January that Apple plans to open a new store within London’s famous Harrods department store sometime during the first quarter. Now the site is reporting that sources within Harrods say the store is going to open on March 7. That date is portentous in light of other rumors suggesting that Apple plans to release the iPad 3 sometime during the beginning of March. The iPad 2 was released on March 10 in 2011, so an iPad 3 release alongside the opening of a Harrods Apple store seems quite likely.

Apple Agrees to New Privacy Notification Policy: The California Attorney General’s office announced on Wednesday that Apple is one of six companies that signed a new agreement to improve privacy protection on mobile devices. Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), Research in Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM), Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ), Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) joined Apple in signing the agreement, which ensures that apps downloaded to smartphones, tablets, and other devices will comply with California’s Online Privacy Protection Act. The agreement also requires developers to provide easy-to-understand tools for reporting apps that don’t comply with privacy standards. Apple also is among the companies that say they will support voluntary online privacy guidelines announced on Wednesday by the White House.

Foxconn Workers Claim Manufacturer Hid Underage Employees During Audits: AppleInsider reported on Wednesday that Foxconn (PINK:FXCNY) may have kept underage workers hidden during recent audits of its facilities by the Fair Labor Association. Debby Sze Wan Chan, of Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior, told the site that Foxconn employees claimed workers between 16 and 17 years old were sent to other work sites or not given overtime when the FLA was inspecting Foxconn facilities. Apple’s supplier code of conduct doesn’t bar manufacturing partners from employing people between 16 and 18 years old, but it does stipulate that those workers be granted special protections.

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