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[Ars] Firm pays $950,000 penalty for using Wi-Fi signals to secretly track phone users

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A mobile advertising company that tracked the locations of hundreds of millions of consumers without consent has agreed to pay $950,000 in civil penalties and implement a privacy program to settle charges that it violated federal law.

The US Federal Trade Commission alleged in a complaint filed Wednesday that Singapore-based InMobi undermined phone users' ability to make informed decisions about the collection of their location information. While InMobi claimed that its software collected geographical whereabouts only when end users provided opt-in consent, the software in fact used nearby Wi-Fi signals to infer locations when permission wasn't given, FTC officials alleged. InMobi then archived the location information and used it to push targeted advertisements to individual phone users.

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When "off" isn't really "off" is dangerously becoming common practice these days.
 
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Wonder if this was lead by a consumer finding out or if there was an internal "leak" that led to this getting found out by the FTC...
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Wonder if this was lead by a consumer finding out or if there was an internal "leak" that led to this getting found out by the FTC...

So do I. I wonder if they even check those things, or if they just go off they're own investigators or something.... Hm.
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Wonder if this was lead by a consumer finding out or if there was an internal "leak" that led to this getting found out by the FTC...

Likely US based competition doing-in a competitor... I always think the worst of people. :D

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Another bribe for the govt. Corporate malfeasance won't have a real deterrent until they fine (and throw in jail) the corporate officers and majority shareholders instead of the corporation itself which just passed the fine along to consumers as the cost of doing business.

Corporations aren't people. They have no morals. They have no compassion. They have no ability to know right from wrong. You can't punish a social construct for wrong doing and expect it to learn from it's mistakes. If a corporation does wrong it's the people running the corporation that are doing that wrong. They are the ones who should be held accountable.
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Sorry inMobi, Only government backed NSA is privy to that kind of invasion of privacy.. biggrin.gif
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Is this fine more than 1 week of profit from their location targeted advertising?

This fine looks like less of a deterant than a license for others to do it too, it is only $1,000,000 to be able to collect location data on everyone you can.
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Sounds like they copied that tech from batman maybe wb will sue next for using there idea in a movie lol. Can see it happening ppl been sued for less.
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Inb4: "I don't value my own privacy so privacy doesn't matter as a whole"
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