Securing FTP folder permissions

By jfellows ·
I've inherited a system in which FTP traffic is routed to one of our servers. Everyone in our company is allowed read access to these folders for data sharing purposes. With a few exceptions, only the FTP logged-in user can write to his/her folder. The problem is that we have some clients who have been assigned logins. I've discovered that if they use an Ftp application that steps upward in folder hierarchy, they can see and read other client's data. This can't be allowed. My attempts to regulate this so far is failing. Either they still have access or I end up cutting off access to the people that should have it. This is compounded by a time lag in implementing new permissions. I think I've got it right only to find out later that it's not working right. This shouldn't be that hard, but I'm new to this, and it's not working the way I think it should. Can anyone steer me in the right direction?

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