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Certain versions of the companies' apps failed to properly authenticate the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)/Transport Layer Security (TLS) — which establishes a secure, encrypted connection over the internet — certificates they received. Certain versions of the companies’ apps failed to properly authenticate the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)/Transport Layer Security (TLS) — which establishes a secure, encrypted connection over the internet — certificates they received. (Photo: Fotolia)

New York Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood has settled with five companies — Western Union Financial Services Inc., Priceline.com LLC, Equifax Consumer Services LLC, Spark Networks Inc., and Credit Sesame Inc. — for having mobile apps that failed to keep sensitive user information secure when transmitted over the internet. The settlements require each company to implement comprehensive security programs to protect user information.

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Denny Jacob

Denny Jacob is an associate editor for NU PropertyCasualty360. Contact him at djacob@alm.com.

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