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Barton: Web Cam Spying Settlement Indicates Need for Stronger Laws

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

September 27, 2012

Following yesterday’s announcement that the FTC is settling charges with several rent-to-own companies that allegedly spied on customers via rented computers, Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) says stronger privacy laws are needed, reports National Journal. “I was dumbfounded when I heard about this case,” Barton said. “How can any company believe that it is okay to secretly gather data such as medical records, keystrokes and even taking webcam pictures of unknowing customers inside their homes?” Barton said the case illustrates the need for stronger laws, and that “Everyone shoud have a say in how their personal information is used.”
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