"The company has admitted that its Web tracking software collected usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, Social Security numbers and more."
The FTC recently announced that Compete Inc. has agreed to settle charges that it violated federal law by using its Web tracking software to collect extensive amounts of personal data without disclosing that fact to users.
"Boston, Massachusetts-based Compete Inc. agreed to obtain end users' consent before collecting future data on their browsing history, according to a release published on Monday by officials with the Federal Trade Commission," writes Ars Technica's Dan Goodin. "The company also agreed to delete or anonymize the consumer data it has already collected and to provide directions for removing tracking software installed on the computers of many of the people whose data was collected."
"The company tracks the browsing habits of people who download its software and then sells that data to clients so they can improve their website traffic and sales," explains The Register's Brid-Aine Parnell.
Continued : http://www.esecurityplanet.com/network-security/compete-inc.-settles-ftc-privacy-charges.html
FTC smacks down security sloppiness by web analytics company Compete
Two analytics companies to settle charges for online user tracking
Roku Streaming Stick 2016
Roku has the most apps, the simplest interface and the best search, making it CNET's favorite way to stream Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, HBO and all the rest.