Android App That Snooped On 50 Million Users Gets No Punishment

The FTC has issued a final ruling on the "Brightest Flashlight" app for Android that snooped on the real-time location data of 50 million users around the world.

The ruling said that the owner, Erik Geidl, has to delete all data that was collected with the app and has to register all new ventures he creates with the FTC for monitoring. There was no fine imposed on Geidl, and none of the money he made from selling the information was disclosed.

This ruling ultimately shows how weak privacy laws are for the internet and telecom companies in the United States.

The original source of the FTC ruling is here: http://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/cases/140409goldenshoresdo.pdf?Source=govdelivery

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