comScore涉嫌侵犯用户隐私遭起诉

来源:网络 2019-04-09
comScore is accused of collecting personal data
comScore涉嫌侵犯用户隐私遭起诉

美国互联网数据分析机构comScore周二在芝加哥一家联邦法院遭到了隐私侵权的起诉.原告方称,comScore窃取了用户的机密信息,包括密码、信用卡账号和社会保险号码等等.

这一集体诉讼是由两名下载过comScore软件的用户发起的.诉讼称,comScore的软件扫描用户计算机中的所有文件,并修改计算机的安全设置.诉讼要求禁止comScore的多项行为,并根据美国的电子通信隐私法寻求损失赔偿.

Internet measurement firm comScore has been hit by a lawsuit claiming it nabs private information from unsuspecting users.

comScore has been accused by two plaintiffs that its software scans all files on the users' computers, modifies security settings and records information such as credit card numbers and passwords. The class action lawsuit seeks an injunction against several alleged practices as well as monetary damages.

comScore told Reuters that it did not think much of the lawsuit saying, "We have reviewed the lawsuit and find it to be without merit and full of factual inaccuracies. comScore intends to aggressively defend itself against these claims."

The way comScore and its rival web analytics firms go about their business has been a hot topic with users finally starting to wise up to the extensive tracking mechanisms some companies put in place. comScore offers users the chance to win prizes for running its software, which collects data that comScore then sells on to firms such as Facebook and Microsoft.

In the past comScore has admitted that its software might record personally identifiable data but the firm claims it takes every effort to purge this information from its database. It said, "Inadvertently, we may collect such information about our panellists; and when this happens, we make commercially viable efforts to purge our database of such information."

For its part, comScore does mention very clearly that by running its tracking software, all network data is monitored, however it seems that some people are blinded by the chance of winning $100,000. Perhaps comScore thought people would be willing to sell their privacy for that amount.

 




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