File-sharing application settles with FTC

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 Once installed, the Frostwire applications allow potentially millions of people throughout the world to copy files from a users computer with little or no notice to that user at the time the files are shared, the FTC found.

FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz said the application compromised the privacy of not only the users of the application, but anyone in users pictures and videos.

Frostwire’s default settings, which were extremely difficult to change, had been automatically revealing private photos and videos taken with users’ phones to other P2P users around the world — in effect turning all its clients into both unwitting paparazzi and unaware paparazzi victims,” Leibowitz said.

Frostwire offers applications for both computers and Android mobile devices.

The FTC’s settlement bars Frostwire from using default settings that share consumers’ files and requires the company to make prominent disclosures about how its files are shared.

— This post was updated at 11:31 a.m.