|Advertising com Settles FTC Adware/Spyware Charges|
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Thu, 4 Aug 2005 12:39:17 -0500
An America Online Inc. subsidiary will no longer bundle its anti-spyware|
program with software that tracks consumers' online habits and
force-feeds them pop-up ads, the Federal Trade Commission said on
Advertising.com Inc. also agreed to regular check by the FTC in order
Advertising.com, also known as Teknosurf.com, promoted its SpyBlast
Such advertising programs, known as "adware," are considered a form of
Advertising.com didn't provide consumers with adequate notice that
Advertising.com did not admit or deny guilt as part of the settlement.
AOL, a division of Time Warner Inc. bought Advertising.com for $435
An AOL spokesman said that Advertising.com had only been in the adware
"They were not in this business when we purchased them," Weinstein said.
The House of Representatives in May voted to stiffen jail sentences and
Copyright 2005 Reuters Limited.
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