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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and online ad network Epic Marketing have settled charges that Epic was “secretly and illegally gathering information” on web users’ browsing habits, Salon reports. Epic was allegedly tracking users conducting web searches for information on fertility issues, menopause, disability insurance and personal bankruptcy, among others, in order to send targeted ads. In the settlement, Epic agreed to cease its “history sniffing” practices indefinitely and delete any data it generated in the process.
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