Lawyers circle Sears over privacy

Lawyers circle Sears over privacy

Summary: Sears may have taken down a feature that allowed you to see anyone's purchase history, but not fast enough to keep the lawyers at bay.On Friday, KamberEdelson filed a class action complaint alleging that Sears ManageMyHome.

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Sears may have taken down a feature that allowed you to see anyone's purchase history, but not fast enough to keep the lawyers at bay.

On Friday, KamberEdelson filed a class action complaint alleging that Sears ManageMyHome.com site violates the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act. The suit, first reported by the Washington Post, is likely to be the first of many. KamberEdelson filed the suit on behalf of New Jersey resident Christine Desantis and a "class of similarly situated individuals."

The suit comes after spyware researcher Ben Edelman highlighted Sears' shenanigans with the ComScore software and inability to honor privacy. Edelman then followed up with Sears' purchase history feature that allowed anyone to view your buying habits. Unfortunately, Sears took down the feature before I could download my entire neighborhood's history.

Let's add it up. Sears fumbles over privacy and ComScore's Web tracking software plus the ability to see your neighbor's purchase history equals lawsuits in every state.

Brian Krebs at the Post notes that KamberEdelson is the same law firm that sued Sony BMG Music Entertainment over spyware loaded on music CDs.

The complaint, which will be copied by lawyers everywhere, is available as a PDF here.

Topics: Malware, Legal, Security

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  • The Sharks smell blood....

    They will be out in numbers
    mrOSX
    • Sharks go after helpless prey! .....

      Sears is neither helpless nor ignorant. Greedy and stupid? Yes!
      Helpless and ignorant? No!
      kd5auq
      • Well there actions say otherwise...

        They did after all make it easy for people to see what other people are buying, I would say that shows ignorant of the privacy of customers.

        Sharks go after anything when they sense blood.
        mrOSX
  • I'm still in awe...

    That people still shop at Sears.. The most overpriced retail store other than Circuit City.
    ju1ce
    • You think THAT'S bad....

      Try shopping at a RadioShack. :P

      Sears isn't all that bad, in terms of quality, especially when it comes to tools. Never go wrong with Kenmore or Craftsman.
      GoodmanCPA-IT Tech
  • For them to be in bed with Comscore...

    they deserve whatever they get.

    Comscore has been in the spyware business since day one. When you lay down with dogs you get up with fleas.
    bjbrock