Sunday, September 16, 2012

Judge Allows Retailers to Continue to Spy on Laptop Renters.

"Back in May there was a class action lawsuit filed against the rental company Aaron's, which had secretly installed spying software that would turn on a laptop's webcam, take pictures and then send them back to the company. Overall it seemed like a large invasion of privacy, which should at least warrant an injunction to stop use of the software until the case is settled, right?

Not to the judge, who refused to order an injunction on the grounds that the family was no longer in possession of the laptop.

As for everyone else still using their Aaron's laptops, the judge had this to say to them (PDF): 'Moreover, it is purely conjecture that the other members of the putative class will be subjected to remote access of personal information.'"

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