The Associated Press reports on Tagged.com’s settlement with New York and Texas over the site’s invitation e-mails, which New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo called “deceptive.”
The social networking Web site Tagged.com has adopted reforms on the use of invitation e-mails after being accused of essentially stealing the e-mail addresses of some 60 million Internet users, state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced Monday.
Cuomo charged in July that the San Francisco-based Tagged.com sent out e-mails to members’ contact lists, asking recipients to view private photos posted by their friends. But when the recipients tried to access the photos, they were asked to sign up for the site, and the e-mail addresses in their contact lists were then lifted to send out more solicitation emails, Cuomo said. […]
As part of the agreement, Tagged will pay $500,000 in penalties and costs to New York. In a second agreement, the company will pay $250,000 in penalties and costs to Texas, which also investigated Tagged’s practices.
In a press release, Cuomo said, “Unsuspecting users had no idea that Tagged had hijacked the email addresses of their colleagues, families and friends for the purpose of blasting them with spam.” He continued, “This agreement holds the company accountable for its invasion of privacy and puts the proper safeguards in place to keep it from happening again.”