Full text copy of Federal Trade Commission Jon Leibowitz’s remarks on the agency’s $800,000 settlement with social networking app Path for deceiving users by collecting personal information without authorization, and by collecting personal information from children under the age of 13 without permission from their parents. From the speech:
“The FTC is tasked with protecting consumer privacy and ensuring transparency in the marketplace, so it is critical that we keep pace with technological developments that implicate privacy issues. Nowhere is this more evident than in the mobile environment. Today we are taking action on three fronts to protect consumer privacy on mobile devices: (1) a case against Path, a social networking app that we believe unlawfully collected personal information; (2) a report calling for better privacy disclosures on mobile devices; and (3) new small business education materials for app developers.”
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