Path Settles with FTC for Privacy Violations

The Federal Trade Commission announced that Path, the “share everything” app, settled the charges FTC filed against them for stealing users’ contacts’ information from the iPhone and iPad without informing them about it.

The settlement would required Path to “establish a comprehensive privacy program and to obtain independent privacy assessments every other year for the next 20 years.” The company would also have to shell out $800,000 as settlement over charges that Path “illegally collected personal information from children without their parents’ consent.”

Path has joined the likes of Google and Facebook that have agreed to 20 years of privacy audits by FTC.

The error was discovered in February 2012, to which Path founder Dave Morin apologized and claimed it was just a mistake. And if that is not enough, a security researcher recently found another privacy error in Path: the app shares a user’s location even if they have disabled the location sharing settings.

Source: Federal Trade Commission, via Forbes

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