Compete Inc

Under Review: 
No Review
Date Breach Made Public: 
October 22, 2012
Boston , MA
United States
Massachusetts US
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Compete Inc. reached an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission regarding the collection of consumer information. Compete agreed to obtain end users' consent before collecting future online browsing data.  Compete will also delete or anonymize consumer data already collected and provide direction for removing tracking software installed on the computers of those who had their data collected.

FTC charged that Compete failed to adequately describe two products used to collect details about end users' browsing habits.  A toolbar and input panel were used to collect extensive information about consumer activities and transmit the information in clear readable text to Compete's servers.  All websites visited by, links followed by, and advertisements displayed to Compete consumers were collected and stored.