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Couple Files Suit Over Laptop Spyware

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

May 6, 2011

ABC News reports on a lawsuit filed this week by a Wyoming couple alleging that a national furniture and electronics rental company equipped its laptops with software to spy on customers. The suit, which seeks class-action status, alleges Aarons, Inc., violated the Federal Wiretap Act by renting the couple a computer with software that could intercept electronic messages, take photos and track keystrokes--all without the couple's knowledge, the report states. "To me, this seems to cross all sorts of ethics lines and lines of custom," said Paul Ohm of the University of Colorado Law School, adding the lawsuit includes "the kind of facts that might interest the FBI."
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