Julia Filip reports:
A federal class action demands that AOL stop intruding on millions of people’s privacy by tracking their Web browsing and selling the information to third-party advertisers. Co-defendants ScanScout and Brightcove also are accused of overriding privacy controls on private citizens’ computers to install temporary files, or “cookies.”
The three defendants allegedly use Adobe flash technology to do their offensive snooping, but Adobe is not named as a defendant.
ScanScout, which provides video ad services to AOL and others, uses Brightcove technology to display online video content and track consumers’ viewing patterns, lead plaintiff Sandra Person Burns says in her 47-page complaint.
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