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ID:

544

Date:

2009-12-03

Headline:

Defense Dept. pulls software over privacy issues

Reporter's name:

Elinor Mills

Delay/denial:

No

Lawsuit:

No

Fees:

No

Media outlet:

CNet News

City:

Washington, DC

Summary:

The Department of Defense (DOD) removed "FamilySafe," a parental-control software product, from its online store for military families after discovering that Echometrix, the software manufacturer, uses the program to collect data from minors. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), whose FOIA request DOD fulfilled, has also filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission alleging that FamilySafe violates the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act by gathering information from children and reselling it.

Keywords:

software, Department of Defense, DOD, FamilySafe, EchoMetrix, Electronic Privacy Information Center, EPIC, Federal Trade Commission, FTC, children, information, minors, customer information, personal information, Children's Online Privacy Protection Act

URL:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-10408809-245.html


Agencies:

DOD
FTC

States:

DC

Categories:

technology
telecommunications


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