The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has announced it finalized a settlement with Retina-X Studios over privacy violations related to its "stalking" apps. The settlement calls for the developer to delete the data collected by the three apps from mobile devices. Additionally, Retina-X is prohibited from promoting, selling or distributing any monitoring app that requires users to bypass a device's security protections to install or that lack legitimate purposes. "Although there may be legitimate reasons to track a phone, these apps were designed to run surreptitiously in the background and are uniquely suited to illegal and dangerous uses," FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection Director Andrew Smith said.
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