by Mike Masnick
Fri, Sep 14th 2007 6:42pm
American companies like Yahoo, Microsoft and Google have all been accused of violating users privacy in working with the Chinese government. In fact, Yahoo's been sued for handing over info on a critic of the Chinese government. However, the latest such lawsuit to come out of China is a bit surprising and has absolutely nothing to do with government cooperation. A Chinese college student is suing the company for $180 for the fact that Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage system reports some information back to Redmond. There's already been a class action suit in the US suggesting that WGA violates anti-spyware legislation, but it's still somewhat surprising to see such a lawsuit come out of China, where you still expect most of the privacy complaints having more to do with the Chinese government.
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