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FTC Spanks Social Network Path 800k for Privacy Violations - Issues Staff Report on Mobile Privacy Disclosures

spank-thumb-175x220-16627-thumb-160x201-16628.jpgToday the FTC announced a $800,000 settlement with Path, a social media network to settle allegations that it violated its own privacy policy and also illegally collected information on children under 13 in violation of COPPA(Children's Online Privacy Protection Act).
According to the complaint Path represented that personal information from the user's mobile device contacts would be collected only if the user clicked on "Add Friends" and then chose the "Find friends from your contacts" option. But despite that promise, Path automatically collected and stored personal data the first time the user launched the app and, if they signed out, each time they signed back in again. That, says the FTC, made Path's statement false.

Connecticut Defendants, Lawyers and Insurers Need to Carefully Craft Settlement Offers

A recent decision by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals should give all defendants, their lawyers and insurers pause. In Barbour, et al. v. City of White Plains, et al., the Court upheld an award of over $285,000 in attorneys fees after the defendants tendered a settlement offer of only $30,000 ($10,000 per plaintiff). Many defense attorneys, in making offers to plaintiffs, look to Fed.R.Civ.P. 68 as a shield, couching the tender as an Offer of Judgment. If the plaintiff rejects the offer and wins less (or the same) at trial, the plaintiff must pay the defendant's costs. It gives a plaintiff the potential for a financial loss should they decline and force a trial.

Best Connecticut Technology Lawyers Note: Google Gets $22.5M FTC Smack Down for Tracking Cookies

As the best informed Connecticut technology lawyers already know, the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) and Google have announced a $22.5 million dollar settlement (the largest civil penalty ever) to address claims of unfair and deceptive trade practices in violating its privacy statement for Google Buzz - a social networking application for Gmail users. Click Here for Bureau of Consumer Protection Business Center post with full history.

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