Lina Khan, commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) nominee for U.S. President Joe Biden, speaks during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

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The Federal Trade Commission voted unanimously to ban what it called a “stalkerware app company” and its CEO from the surveillance business, the agency announced Wednesday.

This marks the first time the FTC has obtained such a ban, the commission said in a press release touting the proposed settlement. The agency made clear it likely won’t be the last.

“This case is an important reminder that surveillance-based businesses pose a significant threat to our safety and security,” Samuel Levine, acting director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a statement. “We will be aggressive about seeking surveillance bans when companies and their…

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