Today's Hard|Forum Post
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Wednesday September 26, 2012

FTC Halts Spying By Rent-To-Own Computer Companies

The Federal Trade Commission says it reached a settlement with seven rent-to-own companies that keeps them from spying on you. eek!

Seven rent-to-own companies and a software design firm have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they spied on consumers using computers that consumers rented from them, capturing screenshots of confidential and personal information, logging their computer keystrokes, and in some cases taking webcam pictures of people in their homes, all without notice to, or consent from, the consumers. The software design firm collected the data that enabled rent-to-own stores to track the location of rented computers without consumers’ knowledge according to the FTC complaint.