Zango Proves There's No Such Thing As An Ex-Spyware Distributor
from the scofflaw-inc. dept
Over the years, we've seen many cases of spyware and adware distributors claiming to have cleaned up their act, and almost invariably they haven't. It looks we have yet another one of these sad stories. Just a few weeks ago, Zango announced a settlement with the FTC, whereby it had to pay a big fine and agree to strict rules about its business. Since then though, reports have trickled in suggesting that it was slow to abide by the deal, and that perhaps its promise to the FTC shouldn't be taken too seriously. Now the authority on these things, Ben Edelman, has weighed in, detailing the specifics of the company's failure to comply. Basically, it's a laundry list of what you'd expect from a company like Zango, as they're still hiding important information in the EULAs and surreptitiously downloading their wares to users computers. It's bad news for internet users and a major slap in the face to the FTC, which sees its agreements flouted so blatantly as it struggles to come up with a workable model of regulating online activity.