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DirectRevenue Settles Charges
The adware distributor DirectRevenue LLC, which you may remember from a New York, U.S. adware case, has settled U.S. Federal Trade Commission charges that it used unfair and deceptive means to download adware onto consumers' PCs and obstructed them from removing it, the FTC says.
Along with giving up $1.5 million in ill-gotten gains, the settlement:
- Bars future downloads of DirectRevenues adware without consumers' consent.
- Requires that DirectRevenue clearly identify all of its ads, and establish user-friendly methods for consumers to register complaints, as well as locate and uninstall the adware.
- Bars DirectRevenue from exploiting security vulnerabilities to download any software program or applications.
- Requires that Direct Revenue provide clear and prominent disclosures and obtain consumers' express consent before downloading software onto their computers.
- Requires that DirectRevenue monitor its affiliates to ensure they and their sub-affiliates comply with the FTC order.
For the full details, read the FTC press release on the settlement.