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BuzzBites: FTC Spanks Adware Vendor; Ink Costs More Than Blood?

FTC Spanks Adware Vendor

Adware distributor Zango has agreed to pay $3 million to the Federal Trade Commission or unfairly and deceptively downloading software on to users' PCs, and making it difficult to find and remove the software. The FTC ruling also forbids Zango from communicating with any users' computers that downloaded Zango software before January 1, 2006.

The FTC says Zango software was downloaded more than 70 million times, often through affiliates that used unscrupulous methods, such as browser exploits, without user consent.

The settlement is partly a result of a formal complaint filed with the FTC against Zango (formerly 180Solutions) by the Center for Democracy and Technology at the beginning of this year. --Andrew Conry-Murray, [email protected]

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