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FTC pushes protections for mobile browsing

WASHINGTON — In a strong move to protect the privacy of Americans as they use the Internet on their smartphones and tablets, the Federal Trade Commission on Friday said the mobile industry should include a do-not-track feature in software and apps, and take other steps to safeguard personal information.

The staff report, which was approved by the commission, is nonbinding but is an indication of how seriously the agency is focused on mobile privacy. As if to emphasize that, the commission separately fined Path, a social networking app, $800,000. It charged the company with violating federal privacy protections for children by collecting personal information on underage users, including ­almost everyone in users’ address books.

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