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Company Settles with FTC Over Data Collection

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

January 6, 2012

A rebate company has agreed to settle privacy charges with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), MediaPost News reports. Upromise has agreed to destroy data collected on about 150,000 Web users between 2005 and 2010, to clearly disclose its data collection practices and to inform users on how to remove its toolbar, the report states. The FTC alleged in a complaint that Upromise's toolbar featured a personalized offers setting that collected users' information for targeted ads and, in 2009, began collecting data from users' shopping and banking sites, though its privacy policy said such data "would be filtered out before it was transmitted to the company."
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