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Wednesday, 11 November 2009 pays $750,000 over deceptive emails

Personally, I don't believe the fine is large enough. Nor do I believe the Tagged CEO's response. Tagged knew exactly what they were doing, and were playing on their "users" (read: victims) not understanding that the company was stealing their contacts list in order to spam such - exactly what some other "social networking" sites do (i.e. Meet Your Messenger, WAYN et al). has paid $750,000 in penalties to New York and Texas after the states accused the social networking outfit of abusing its members' contact lists and spamming millions with deceptive promotional emails.

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said on Monday his office reached an agreement with to pay $500,000 in "penalties and costs" to the state and to promise compliance with "industry-leading measures" regarding the fiddling of personal information of its members.

The company also settled a similar dispute with the state of Texas for $250,000.

Back in June, the New York AG announced he was fixing to sue Tagged for allegedly having devised an illegal plan to attract new members and obtain their email addresses. Cuomo said the social website sent out emails that appeared to come from their members' personal email accounts saying they posted private photos online for friends to view. The recipient had to register for Tagged in order to access the photos, which often didn't exist, which allowed the website to raid more user contact lists.

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