Feds asked to take action against adware maker

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 3:37 pm

An anti-spyware watchdog group has lodged official complaints against 180solutions and one of its partners, dealing a blow to the adware industry’s efforts to police itself.

The Center for Democracy and Technology, a Washington-based public advocacy group, filed a pair of complaints with the Federal Trade Commission on Monday. The complaints charge 180solutions and free Web hosting provider CJB.net with engaging in unfair and deceptive business practices.

180Solutions deliberately and repeatedly duped Internet users into downloading intrusive advertising software, according to a Center for Democracy and Technology complaint. The company continued these practices even after it pledged to better itself and after receiving warnings from spyware experts and privacy advocates, the group said.

“180solutions has continually made assertions that they have improved or cleaned up their services. CDT has found those assertions to be untrue at best,” Ari Schwartz, deputy director at the Center for Democracy and Technology, said in a news conference call on Monday.

Source: News.com


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