WASHINGTON Feb 22 HTC America, a maker of cell
phones that use Android and Windows software, has agreed to
settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it failed to take
adequate steps to eliminate security flaws that put smartphone
and tablet users' data at risk, the agency said on Friday.
HTC America, a subsidiary of HTC Corp in Taiwan, made
millions of phones with programming flaws that allowed
third-party applications to evade Android's permission-based
security model, the FTC said in a release.
The settlement requires HTC to establish a comprehensive
security program and patch the software holes, the FTC said.
(Reporting By Diane Bartz)