Lawsuit Alleges Wide-Ranging Privacy Violations
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.August 24, 2011
A class-action lawsuit filed in federal court on Tuesday claims that online tracking and analytics company comScore collects personal information--including Social Security numbers, credit card data and passwords--from users without their knowledge, Computerworld reports. The company allegedly offers individuals free software and sweepstakes entries in exchange for their participation and then sells the data to more than 1,800 businesses. The suit also alleges that the firm changed security settings, scanned information on documents and injected data collection code into browsers, according to the report. The complaint states, "The scope and breadth of data that comScore collects from unsuspecting consumers is terrifying." A spokesman from the company said, "We have reviewed the lawsuit and find it to be without merit and full of factual inaccuracies." He added that the company "intends to aggressively defend itself against these claims."