The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said on Monday it has settled charges with digital marketing firm Compete following allegations that the company violated federal law by collecting personal information through its web-tracking software without the consent of users. The complaint also alleged that the company took steps that placed consumers at risk, and misrepresented that it would protect the personal data it collected. Under the settlement, Compete will be required to obtain consumers’ express consent before collecting any data from its software, delete or anonymize the data it already has collected and provide directions to consumers for uninstalling the software. The company also will be required to implement an information security program that includes independent third-party audits every two years for the next two decades. Read more.
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