According to the NYT, the advertising companies that were allowed by the social networking website to track its users’ browsing weren’t and won’t be charged.
MySpace, which was owned by News Corporation from July 2005 to June 2011, has since been in the ownership of Specific Media and pop star Justin Timberlake.
The F.T.C. argues that that information could have been – and probably was – used to discover the users’ identities and browsing habits.
The company cannot be penalized by the F.T.C. for these past violations, but can be faced with a $16,000 civil fine for each future one. The commission will be able to discover them through audits which will be performed, as stipulated by the agreement, every other year for the next 20 years.