FTC Path Deal And Mobile Guide: A Warning To App Industry

Law360, New York (February 8, 2013, 1:26 PM EST) -- On Feb. 1, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission announced an $800,000 settlement with Path Inc., the developer of a mobile social networking app, over privacy violations, and released two documents providing privacy guidance for the mobile app industry.

Taken together, this case and these recommendations demonstrate that the FTC is prepared to investigate privacy concerns raised about any part of the mobile app ecosystem. Businesses must evaluate their current mobile privacy policies and ensure, at the most basic level, that they reflect actual practices — that they do not say one thing but in practice do another. App platforms must be...

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