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FTC Settles With Mobile Device Manufacturer

MOBILE PRIVACY—U.S.

February 22, 2013

Mobile device maker HTC America has agreed to settle with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over charges that it did not take “reasonable steps to secure the software it developed for its smartphones and tablet computers, introducing security flaws that placed sensitive information about millions of consumers at risk,” according to an FTC press release. The settlement requires the company to create software patches to fix the vulnerabilities, establish a comprehensive security program and undergo security audits over the next 20 years. A description of the consent agreement will be published in the Federal Registry shortly and will be up for public comment until March 22.
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