The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on December 5, 2013, that Goldenshores Technologies, LLC and its managing member, Erik M. Geidl, agreed to a proposed settlement over claims that Goldenshores, through its “Brightest Flashlight Free” mobile application, violated Section 5(a) of the FTC Act prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts and practices affecting commerce by failing to disclose that the app transmitted user data, including precise geolocation information and persistent identifiers, to third parties such as advertising networks. Under the settlement, Goldenshores must provide just-in-time disclosures outside of the privacy policy and obtain affirmative express consent from users before collecting, using, or disclosing geolocation information. The settlement agreement (referred to here as “the order”) was subject to public comment through January 6, 2014. The FTC will now decide whether to reach a final settlement with Goldenshores.
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