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“InMobi” Illegally Tracked One Billion Consumers


Paranoid about your smart phone being a little too smart? That it secretly tracks your every move, reporting it without you even knowing about it? If you think it couldn’t happen to you think again.

The FTC just busted a company for illegally tracking hundreds of millions of consumers, mostly kids, and fined them almost a million bucks.

Might wanna check your privacy settings again to make sure “location tracking” and similar options are set the way YOU want them.

Not that we have anything to hide, but if you care about your limited privacy, and that of your children, you’ll make sure their digital devices are set and limited the way YOU want, and not some commercials scammers capable of tracking and marketing your every move. “Big Brother” is finding more and more ways to intrude into our lives, and so far, it’s been commercial abuses we are hearing about the most.

Over 1-Billion Victims 

“The FTC alleges that InMobi mispresented that its advertising software would only track consumers’ locations when they opted in and in a manner consistent with their device’s privacy settings. According to the complaint, InMobi was actually tracking consumers’ locations whether or not the apps using InMobi’s software asked for consumers’ permission to do so, and even when consumers had denied permission to access their location information.

The FTC alleges that InMobi, whose advertising network has reached more than one billion devices worldwide through thousands of popular apps, offers multiple forms of location-based advertising to its customers, including the ability to serve ads to consumers based on their current locations, locations they visit at certain times, and on their location over time.”

Here’s the FTC release

By Al Sunshine, SouthFloridaReporter.com, Consumer Investigator, June 23, 2016

Al Sunshine is a South Florida-based Broadcast and Digital Journalist whose career has spanned more than 40 years at the local and national levels. His award-winning investigations have triggered more than a dozen state and local consumer protection laws and his work’s been cited in Congressional Testimony before the U-S House of Representatives. He is best known for his “Shame On You” features for CBS Miami which sought to expose businesses, agencies and individuals defrauding or deceiving consumers, as well as endangering the safety and welfare of the general public. In 2013 Al retired from CBS Miami to set up his own Digital News Business, “Sunshine News, LLC” and Al continues to blog for the Radio, Television, Digital News Association, sponsors of the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Awards”. An avid environmentalist, Al is one of the founding members of the “Miami Pine Rocklands Coalition”. The Florida Non-Profit is fighting to save and restore the last 2% of Pine Rocklands found only in South Florida and nowhere else in the continental United States. Al was recently elected its President.