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Web startup Path to pay $990,000 to settle child privacy charges

Published on Feb 2, 2013 6:37 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) - Social networking start-up Path will pay US$800,000 (S$990,000) to settle charges with federal regulators that it improperly collected personal information on children.

The company also agreed to submit to 20 years of independent privacy reviews to settle charges that it secretly collected information from its users mobile phone address books.

The settlement, announced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Friday, is the latest between the agency and Web companies for privacy violations.

San Francisco-based Path triggered a privacy controversy in February 2012 when an independent software developer in Singapore discovered that the company's iPhone application was uploading users' address book data to its own servers without permission.

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