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Friday, January 14, 2005

Attorney General Enters Into Two Settlements

Attorney General Jim Petro announced that Ohio and 42 other states have entered into a settlement with the National Research Center for College and University Admissions (NRCCUA) concerning its use of collected personal information from high school student surveys.

The other settlement requires Alyon Technologies Inc. and Telcollect Inc., who provide billing and collection services for some adult Web sites, to change the way they do business. Here was the scam: a May 2003 lawsuit alleged that the companies would start billing consumers after unsuspecting adults or minors, without permission, opened pop-up windows or spam that automatically downloaded modem dialer software onto their computers. That software was used to dial-up the Alyon billing gateway to access adult material. Alyon captured the phone number, matched it with a name and address and then billed the consumers $4.99 per minute, allegedly without the consumers’ knowledge or consent. The settlement requires the companies to make significant changes to their practices and to pay Ohio and 22 other states a total of $285,000 to settle the May 2003 lawsuit.



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