Path Inc. Data Protection

Path Inc is a social networking application for storing and sharing photos, journal entries, and locations on mobile devices. The application was launched in November of 2010 by founders Shawn... more +
Path Inc is a social networking application for storing and sharing photos, journal entries, and locations on mobile devices. The application was launched in November of 2010 by founders Shawn Fanning and David Morin, formerly of Facebook. Path purposefully limits the number of friends a user can share information with in an attempt to encourage more meaningful social interaction. On February 1, 2013, Path agreed to settle charges with the Federal Trade Commission for violations of the FTC Act and COPPA. The FTC charged that Path deceived users by collecting their personal information without their knowledge or consent. less -
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FTC Announces Settlement with Social Networking App and Issues Staff Report Regarding Mobile Device Privacy Disclosures

On February 1, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") announced an agreement with social network mobile application ("app") operator Path, Inc. ("Path") to settle the FTC's claims that Path collected personal information...more

FTC Assesses $800,000 Fine Against Mobile App Operator and Issues Mobile Privacy and Security Guidance

The Federal Trade Commission has emphasized in the past that general privacy protections in the website space apply equally to mobile services, but a new FTC Staff Report released on Friday hones in on some privacy...more

FTC Releases Guidance on Mobile Privacy Best Practices; Enters Into $800K Consent Order with Path

The FTC guidance released February 1 is Mobile Privacy Disclosures: Building Trust Through Transparency: A Federal Trade Commission Staff Report. In Mobile Privacy Disclosures, the FTC as the primary federal regulator on...more

FTC Path Settlement - Text Copy of Chairman's Remarks

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...more

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