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Software company won’t market kids’ chat info

ALBANY — New York officials say a software company whose products allow parents to monitor their children’s online communications has agreed not to sell the information it gathers to outside companies.

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says EchoMetrix Inc. stopped offering the “Pulse” data-mining product to third parties after an inquiry from his office last year and cooperated with the investigation.

The Syosset, N.Y.-based company sells monitoring software under the Sentry and FamilySafe brands.

Peter Charles, director of corporate affairs for EchoMetrix, says Wednesday Pulse was announced in June 2009, but never made it to market when development was halted in September by the Cuomo inquiry and privacy concerns.

Cuomo says the company will pay a $100,000 penalty under the agreement.

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