History Sniffing" Spurs Lawsuits, FTC Reaction
ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.December 10, 2010
When researchers exposed their discovery that some Web sites have been using an online security flaw to track what other sites their users have been visiting, "class action-lawyers and the government took notice," Forbes reports, citing recent lawsuits filed in New York and California related to alleged "history sniffing" on the Web. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Bureau of Consumer Protection Director David Vladeck has said the FTC is meeting with browser companies to make sure the glitch is fixed, the report states. "We're on the lookout for other techniques companies are using to surreptitiously collect information about users," Vladeck said.