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FTC Staff Affirms That Abacast P2P Technology Protects Against Inadvertent File Sharing January 7, 2010

Posted by David W. King in Uncategorized.
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Abacast, Inc., a provider of hybrid Content Delivery Network solutions for online radio and video, has announced that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) staff has completed its review of Abacast’s flagship live and on-demand peer-to-peer (P2P) delivery solution and found it to be compliant with applicable industry best practices in defending users from inadvertently sharing of sensitive files over P2P networks.

Inadvertent file sharing can result in consumers unwittingly sharing sensitive documents such as tax returns to other members of P2P networks. To address this concern, the Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA, http://www.dcia.info), a non-profit trade organization focused on commercial development of P2P and related technologies, sponsors the Inadvertent Sharing Protection Working Group (ISPG).

Abacast is the only company to-date to receive this recognition and approval of the ISPG’s Voluntary Best Practices that specify desired file-sharing behavior.

In the FTC staff report, Mary Engle, Associate Director of the FTC Division of Advertising Practices, noted that, “… only files that have been provided to Abacast’s servers from Abacast’s customers are distributed.”

Marty Lafferty, CEO of the DCIA, said, “Abacast has provided an exemplary industry leadership role with its full implementation of the ISPG Voluntary Best Practices that apply to Abacast. We applaud the FTC’s recognition of Abacast’s P2P delivery technology for helping to safeguard private information.”

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