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FTC Complaint Filed Over People-Search Service

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

July 1, 2010

The Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against Spokeo, an Internet site that compiles such personal information as addresses, religious preferences and financial data on millions of U.S. residents. PCWorld reports on the CDT's allegations that the site contains inaccurate information and violates the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The CDT has asked the FTC to stop Spokeo from offering consumer reports until it complies with the FCRA and to "prohibit Spokeo from making deceptive claims about its paid service and require the Web site to pay back customers who paid for the service," the report states.
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