TALLAHASSEE, FL Attorney General Bill McCollum today announced the CyberFraud Section of his Economic Crimes Division has reached a settlement with Media Breakaway, LLC, a Colorado company that markets mobile content for cell phones. Building on earlier agreements with advertising networks, a mobile content provider and a major wireless carrier, todays agreement with Media Breakaway, LLC requires the company and its affiliates to comply with the Attorney Generals industry-leading guidelines on clear and conspicuous disclosure of material terms in the online marketing of mobile content.
Todays settlement will benefit Florida consumers and cell phone users nationwide, said Attorney General McCollum. These compliance guidelines will help ensure meaningful disclosure so that all consumers, including minors, fully understand what they are purchasing.
Media Breakaway provides mobile content, usually ringtones or wallpaper for an individuals cell phone, marketed by internet advertising, which often failed to clearly and conspicuously describe the prices and terms of service. The mobile content, described as free or complimentary, usually resulted in a consumer unwittingly being signed up for costly monthly subscriptions. A large number of CyberFraud complaints led to a widespread investigation over the past several months which revealed thousands of Florida consumers had received these charges on their cell phone bills for mobile content downloads that they neither desired nor authorized.
Todays agreement with Media Breakaway, LLC requires that the price of cell phone content or services and other material terms of purchase be conspicuously and specifically disclosed on all online transaction screens. The Attorney Generals new compliance standard will ensure that consumers see and understand the terms and conditions of the purchase offered. In addition to the new injunctive standard, the agreement also provides for a payment of $1 million to the Attorney Generals Office to be used to fund additional investigations into CyberFraud and to further CyberSafety education.