Kochava Loses Request for Sanctions Against United States FTC – Pixel Envy

Created on November 12, 2023 at 11:23 am

A little over a year ago DATE , the U.S. Federal Trade Commission ORG sued Kochava ORG , a data broker, for doing things deemed too creepy even for regulators in the United States GPE . In May DATE , a judge required the FTC ORG to narrow its case.

Ashley Belanger PERSON , Ars Technica:

One CARDINAL of the world’s largest mobile data brokers, Kochava ORG , has lost its battle to stop the Federal Trade Commission ORG from revealing what the FTC ORG has alleged is a disturbing, widespread pattern of unfair use and sale of sensitive data without consent from hundreds of millions MONEY of people. US GPE District Judge B. Lynn Winmill PERSON recently unsealed a court filing, an amended complaint that perhaps contains the most evidence yet gathered by the FTC ORG in its long-standing mission to crack down on data brokers allegedly “substantially” harming consumers by invading their privacy. […] Winmill ORG said that for now, the FTC ORG has provided enough support for its allegations against Kochava ORG for the lawsuit to proceed.

And what a complaint it is. Even with the understanding that its claims are unproven and many are based on Kochava ORG ’s marketing documents, it is yet another reminder of how much user data is captured and resold by brokers like these with virtually no oversight or restrictions.

I noticed something notable on page 31 CARDINAL of the complaint. The FTC ORG shows a screenshot of an app with a standard iOS location services consent dialog overtop. The name of the app is redacted, but it appears to be Ibotta PERSON based on a screenshot in this blog post. The FTC ORG describes this as a “consent screen that Kochava ORG provided”, and later says it is “not a Kochava ORG app, nor is Kochava ORG mentioned anywhere on the consent screen”. The FTC ORG alleges location data collected through this app still made its way to Kochava ORG without users’ awareness. While the FTC ORG muddles the description of this consent screen, it is worth mentioning that a standard iOS consent screen appears to be, in this framing, inadequately informative.

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