Path Is Paying The FTC $800,000 Over Privacy Issues

In February 2012, Path got caught uploading iPhone address books to their servers. The company apologized and deleted the data shortly after. Path reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. Path will receive privacy assessments for the next 20 years and will require a “comprehensive” privacy policy.

Path will also have to pay a fine of $800,000 for collecting information children without parental consent. Path accepted signups from users under age 13 early in their history. After Path was hit with the controversy, Apple started requiring direct authorization for contacts access in iOS.

“This settlement with Path shows that no matter what new technologies emerge, the agency will continue to safeguard the privacy of Americans,” stated FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz.

[Source: The Verge]

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at
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