FTC takes action against developers of “stalking” apps

The Federal Trade Commission today charged the developer of three "stalking" apps with violating consumer's privacy and creating security vulnerabilities. The apps allowed purchasers to monitor a user's GPS location, text messages, and photos without the knowledge of the user. The FTC's complaint was announced concurrently with a consent order under which Retina X Studios and its founder James Johns Jr. will have to delete the data collected by the three apps and will not be able to sell new apps without taking steps to ensure they are used for legitimate purposes.

The FTC's press statement, with links to the complaint and consent order, are here.

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