Microsoft settles with FTC
Federal Trade Commission Chairman Timothy Muris today said the FTC has
settled its complaint against Microsoft Corp. concerning the company's Passport,
Passport Wallet and Passport Kids online services.
It found that Microsoft had misrepresented the security of Passport,
purchases made with Passport Wallet, the type of information it collects from
users and how much control parents had over the information collected via Kids
Microsoft will now face fines of $11,000 per violation per day if it
misrepresents those services in the future -- FTC misrepresentations don't
usually carry a fine.
The settlement also requires Microsoft to toughen its security program and
allow that program to be audited every three years by an independent third
The FTC said it had found no security breach, only the possibilty of a breach
due to Microsoft's misrepresentations.
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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.