WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission
(FTC) has approved a final order resolving its complaint against Vulcan that
had stemmed from allegations the company unfairly deceived consumers of a
popular web browser game.
In the case against Vulcan, the FTC originally charged that
Vulcan purchased a Google Chrome browser extension game used by more than
200,000 consumers and replaced it with the company’s own extension. From there,
Vulcan purportedly used the extension to install apps directly onto consumer
mobile devices without their permission.
Under the settlement, Vulcan must tell consumers about the
information it will access and how that information will be used. The company
cannot misrepresent its products and whether they have been endorsed by a third
party or been covered by the media.
The final order comes after a public comment period. The FTC
voted 3-0 to approve the order and letter to commenters.