EPIC Applauds FTC SpyFone Ban, Urges Similar Remedies in Future Privacy Cases
EPIC has filed comments with the Federal Business Commission asking it in order to finalize a proposed Consent Purchase that would completely ban SpyFone from the security business and require the particular stalkerware company to remove the personal data it took. According to an FTC complaint , SpyFone sold surveillance equipment that would allow purchasers to set up the products on another person’ s device and surveil victims surreptitiously. SpyFone furthermore lied about its information security practices and its reaction to a 2018 data infringement. Under a settlement announced by FTC, SpyFone would be necessary to notify all affected customers, delete any illegally gathered personal information, and banned through selling, licensing, or marketing and advertising monitoring products in the future. In the comments, EPIC urged the particular FTC to finalize the particular proposed order and to inflict similar requirements and bans in the future to protect consumer personal privacy. EPIC has frequently challenged the FTC over the failure to address consumer personal privacy harms and has long advocated for the creation of the U. S. Data Security Agency. EPIC also released a report on the FTC’ t unused statutory authorities, The actual FTC Could Be Doing (But Isn’t) to Protect Privacy , in 06.