Settlement reached with site charged with deceiving customers

April 12, 2010 6:04:10 PM PDT
The DA's office has reached a settlement with a San Francisco-based social networking website charged with deceiving customers. has agreed to pay $400,000 in civil penalties and $250,000 to pay for the cost of the investigation.

It sent as many as 60 million e-mails last year, telling people it had pictures or private messages they might want, but they had to register at Tagged to get them.

Registering gave Tagged access to recipient's e-mail contact list.

Tagged claims it had responded to complaints by stopping the e-mail campaign before the investigation began.