PC Rental Companies Agree To Not Watch You Have Sex
from the i-see-you dept
But they were spying on you before federal charges were brought against them. It turns out that seven rent to own PC companies were employing software that logged your keystrokes, retained your social media passwords, recorded your social security passwords, snapped photos of people having sex with web cams, and even allowed rental company employees to deploy a French tickler through the screen to rub people's naughty bits (fine, fine, I made that last one up).
The companies captured screenshots of confidential and personal information, logged keystrokes and took webcam pictures of people in their homes. Their aim was to track the computers belonging to costomers who were behind with their payments.Yes, thank God for the FTC, because if anyone is going to watch me have sex, it's going to be the neighbors (no, I will not close the window and draw the shades, damn it, I like the breeze!). My question is why the hell anyone, especially the company that made the spying software used, DesignerWare, thought this kind of intrusion was necessary to begin with. Hell, this isn't even the first time a rental company using this software has gotten into trouble over it. The rental companies said they needed the software to remotely shut down and wipe stolen machines, as well as to initiate a kill switch on customer's machines when they were behind in payments. Those both make sense to me. Where do we get the explanation for logging keystrokes and in any way using the web cam?
"An agreement to rent a computer doesn’t give a company license to access consumers’ private emails, bank account information, and medical records, or, even worse, webcam photos of people in the privacy of their own homes," says FTC chairman Jon Leibowitz. "The FTC orders today will put an end to their cyber spying."
At least the FTC must have brought the hammer down for such a gross violation of privacy, right?
The rent-to-own companies are Aspen Way Enterprises, Watershed Development, Showplace, JAG Rents, Red Zone, B Stamper Enterprises and CALM Ventures. They've got off lightly, agreeing to stop using the data-collection software and to stop deceiving customers.I'll have to keep this in mind the next time I break the law. Just agree not to do it again and everything is okay, apparently. In the meantime, anyone who is renting computers can avoid these companies.