Jeanne Price reports:
One of the most memorable privacy stories of 2013 involved Aaron’s Rent-To-Own affiliates accused of spying on consumers who’d rented computers with secret software. While federal charges against Aaron’s Inc. were settled last year, that didn’t satisfy a pair of Colorado attorneys who were themselves clients of affiliate Aspen Way Enterprises in Fort Collins. Yesterday the duo filed a lawsuit in Georgia federal court that revealed just how deep the computer snooping went.
The case is based on the premise that rent-to-own doesn’t mean right-to-spy. Details provided yesterday include a statement from Herman Gerel LLP of Atlanta, the firm representing attorney plaintiffs Michael Peterson and Matthew Lyons. It stated that the spyware on Peterson’s and Lyons’ computers was responsible for “remotely capturing 4,702 screen shots, and 2,464 key log entries with undetectable software. The images and logs include attorney work product and privileged communications regarding the lawyers’ clients in 2010 and 2011.”
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