In 2011, two layers brought a suit against digital business analytics company comScore. The claim? That comScore was collecting user information without their knowledge, then selling it to third parties.
The suit centered on the firm’s OSSProxy software which is installed on computers and claims that personal information – including bank details, passwords, and Social Security numbers – is only “fuzzified” before the user information is handed over to third parties. ComScore claimed that all identifying personal information was stripped.
Now a judge in Illinois has ruled that the company violated the Stored Communication Act, Electronic Privacy Communication Act, and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Up to millions of users may have been affected. The scary part is that many who have OSSProxy on their computers are completely unaware of its presence.
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