Monday, February 4, 2013

Social Network 'Path' Fined $800,000 for Collecting Kids' Information



The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has found 'Path', a more private social network than the behemoth Facebook, for violating user privacy.

Path has been found to have violated the commission's data collection rules. The company has agreed to pay $800,000 to the government to settle charges that it collected personal data from children using the service.

The FTC has also required Path to revamp its privacy policy and submit its policies to annual assessment for the next 20 years.



Path limits a user's network to 150 people. The company says on its site that the app was designed for sharing "in a trusted, intimate environment like the dinner table at home."  But the FTC  decided Path wasn't as trustworthy as it claimed.

It may be added that any site or app that allows users under age 13 must comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), a federal law that requires parental permission before data can be collected from children. Most social networks simply don't allow kids to join, in order to avoid a long list of extra legal requirements.

Read more about it at: Tech News

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