Consumer Research Co. Settles FTC Data-Tracking Claims

Law360, New York (October 22, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT) -- Boston-based market research company Compete Inc. agreed to settle federal charges that it illegally used its Web-tracking software to collect consumers' personal data without disclosing the extent of the information that it was collecting, the Federal Trade Commission announced Monday.

Under the proposed settlement, which does not have a monetary value, Compete is now required to get consumers’ express consent before collecting any data from the software that consumers download onto their computers from Compete’s website, the FTC said. The company and its clients will also...
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