The "affair-minded" dating website Ashley Madison saw personal data on millions of members in 46 countries released through a hacker group in 2015, the fallout of which led to reports of blackmail and even suicides Ashley Madison's Canadian parent company Ruby agreed to the penalty to settle charges with the US Federal Trade Commission and state regulators for failing to protect confidential user information.
The settlement comes after a hacker group last year released what was said to be personal data on millions of members of Ashley Madison, who were based in 46 countries.
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But she added that "it would not serve the public interest to put them out of business." Earlier this year, the dating website—whose motto had been "life is short, have an affair" rebooted, calling itself an "open-minded dating" service.
The fallout led to reports of blackmail and even suicides.
The financial penalty, split between the federal government and US states suing the company, would increase to .75 million to the FTC plus .75 million to states if Ashley Madison fails to abide by new information security practices and refrain from misleading consumers.
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