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Lawsuit: More Than 50,000 Affected by Laptop Spying

SURVEILLANCE—U.S.

May 10, 2011

A lawsuit filed by a Wyoming couple and seeking class-action status alleges that one of the country's largest rental companies has been using "secret software" to take their photos, log their keystrokes and keep tabs on private communications, Courthouse News Service reports. The suit against lead defendant Aaron's, its sales and leasing division, franchisees and software company Designerware alleges violations of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and the firm behind the suit believes "the class exceeds 50,000 people or entities," the report states. The company has posted a statement on its website that "we're taking this allegation very seriously. We are conducting a thorough investigation and diligently reaching out to our customers to address any of their concerns."
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