Several of Compete's business practices were unfair or deceptive and violated U.S. law, the FTC alleged. The company failed to disclose to consumers that it would collect detailed information such as information they provided in making purchases, not just the Web pages they visited, the agency said.
The proposed settlement bars the company from making misrepresentations about its privacy and data security practices and requires that it implement a comprehensive information security program with independent third-party audits every two years for 20 years.
Grant Gross covers technology and telecom policy in the U.S. government for The IDG News Service. Follow Grant on Twitter at GrantGross. Grant's e-mail address is email@example.com.