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FTC Says Companies Spied on Consumers Via Rent-To-Own Laptops

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

September 26, 2012

Seven rent-to-own companies and a software maker are settling charges with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleging they spied on consumers using rented computers. Without consumers’ knowledge or consent, the companies captured screenshots of confidential and personal information, logged keystrokes and in some cases took webcam pictures, WIRED reports. The proposed settlement bans the companies from using monitoring software and from using deceptive methods to gather information about consumers. It also forbids the companies from using geolocation tracking without consumer notice and consent and from “providing others with the means to commit illegal acts,” among other provisions.
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