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Researcher: Loophole Leaks Location Data

LOCATION PRIVACY

February 4, 2013

The New York Times reports that Path’s recently announced settlement with the FTC may not be the end of its legal woes. A security researcher has found a loophole allowing the social media site to share location data even if an iPhone user has opted out. The company responded to the researcher’s blog post on the matter stating it was unaware of the flaw and has since issued a new version of the app to Apple. The company recently agreed to pay $800,000 to settle charges it violated COPPA rules and will also create a privacy program and undergo independent privacy audits for 20 years on charges it deceived users. (Registration may be required to access this story.) Editor’s Note: The breakout session The Mobile Majority: Building Privacy by Design into Mobile Apps will be part of the IAPP Global Privacy Summit this March.
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