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Secretly Installed Software on Rented Computers Collected Information, Took Pictures of Consumers in Their Homes, Tracked Consumers’ Locations

Here’s an interesting story, public action, and settlement about a company secretly spying on users from their rental computers.From: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2012/09/designware.shtm

“Seven rent-to-own companies and a software design firm have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they spied on consumers using computers that consumers rented from them, capturing screenshots of confidential and personal information, logging their computer keystrokes, and in some cases taking webcam pictures of people in their homes, all without notice to, or consent from, the consumers.

The software design firm collected the data that enabled rent-to-own stores to track the location of rented computers without consumers’ knowledge according to the FTC complaint. The settlements bar the companies from any further illegal spying, from activating location-tracking software without the consent of computer renters and notice to computer users, and from deceptively collecting and disclosing information about consumers.”

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One Response to “Secretly Installed Software on Rented Computers Collected Information, Took Pictures of Consumers in Their Homes, Tracked Consumers’ Locations”

  1. CDT published a nice blog post about this today:

    https://www.cdt.org/blogs/gs-hans/0910laptop-spying-case-indicates-more-aggressive-ftc-stance-privacy

    October 9, 2012 3:22 pm at 3:22 PM