Orome1 writes: "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 FTC named DesignerWare, a company that licensed software to rent-to-own stores to help them track and recover rented computers. DesignerWare had an add-on program known as “Detective Mode” that purportedly helped rent-to-own stores locate rented computers and collect late payments. The software also collected data that allowed the rent-to-own operators to secretly track the location of rented computers, and thus the computers’ users."
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