Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 7:12 am
Rent-to-own companies may have a right to use software to track the computers they lease out — and disable them remotely if a customer stops making payments.
But they don't have the right to spy on their customers, which is exactly what the Federal Trade Commission says took place. The agency found that the compromised data included everything from passwords to highly personal images.
Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 10:20 am
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The Federal Trade Commission has finalized a settlement with Facebook in which the social media leader agrees to get users' approval before making any privacy changes and agrees to periodic third-party audits for the next 20 years on how it handles user privacy.
We told you about this settlement back in November, but today, Reuters reports, after a period of public comment, the settlement has become official.
As several news outlets had predicted last month would happen, Google is going to pay $22.5 million — the largest civil penalty the Federal Trade Commission has ever levied — to settle charges that it wasn't straight with users of Apple's Safari browser about how it would track their Web surfing.