FTC Closes Peer-to-Peer Privacy Probe
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.August 31, 2010
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has closed its investigation into peer-to-peer network LimeWire without taking action, Media Post reports. The FTC previously warned various businesses as well as local governments and schools about sensitive data ending up on such file-sharing networks, the report states, and announced it was investigating individual companies to determine whether they violated federal law by exposing private information online. In closing the LimeWire probe, the FTC pointed to such factors as the use of mechanisms to prevent the accidental sharing of personal documents in recent versions of the service. The FTC expects LimeWire to take part in efforts "to inform consumers about how best to avoid the inadvertent sharing of sensitive documents."