By Shawn Knight
Originally published February 1, 2013
Social networking startup Path has been ordered to pay an $800,000 fine to the Federal Trade Commission in addition to other measures to settle a controversial privacy issue. The service was accused of using deceitful tactics to collect personal information from members’ mobile device address books and storing it locally on their servers – even from children.
The FTC levied the fine against Path for collecting personal information from children without parental consent. Path allegedly collected information from around 3,000 kids under the age of 13, a move that violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection act.
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