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Suit Alleges Web Sites Spied on Users

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

August 16, 2010

A recent lawsuit filed in federal court by a group of minors and their parents alleges well-known Web sites broke the law by secretly tracking their Web movements, CNET News reports. The suit, filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, alleges that software company Clearspring Technologies placed Flash cookies on computers belonging to users of its affiliates' Web sites, allowing them to be tracked wherever they went online without their knowledge. The plaintiffs allege that the information collected was personal and far-reaching, including gender, age, race, geographic location and household income.
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