Spy cam on rental laptop

 

I saw on the news that Aaron Rents was being sued for snapping unauthorized pics on rental laptops. PC mag picked up on the story.
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2384885,00.asp

--
1490LMT 1450LMT 295w

thanks

I won't be renting a GPS from them.

--
Garmin 38 - Magellan Gold - Garmin Yellow eTrex - Nuvi 260 - Nuvi 2460LMT - Google Nexus 7 - Toyota Entune NAV

Clearly guilty

I read the article in the magazine and thought that Aarons is in deep trouble and may be inundated with lawsuits.

I wonder if they had disclosed what would happen if anyone would rent such a PC.

Nothing new, as long as not getting caught

Rental computers snapping pictures, rental car with hidden GPS tracking devices are not that big of deal after all.

TomTom is even openly selling tracking data to the police in Europe.

And, Apple and Google are getting away with tracking people on their products.

Of course, it is possible not being tracked. But, I am not sure I want to give up my good life to go that far.

Life without credit cards?

cameotabby wrote:

Of course, it is possible not being tracked. But, I am not sure I want to give up my good life to go that far.

Do you ever think about how much information can be gleened from your credit and debit crds?

Lots

But, I'll keep mine, thank you.

.

cameotabby wrote:

Rental computers snapping pictures, are not that big of deal after all.

Really... Want to have your 16 year old (grand) daughter have a pic snapped after a shower and she checks her email nude, or in a bra and panties?

This is BS plain and simple. And, it's hardwired, not just SW. It has to be deactivated.

--
nüvi 3790T | nüvi 775T | Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable ~ JFK

Heads Roll -

I'd like to see some heads roll for this one. I can't believe they had the audacity to try something like that in the first place. Sounds like there should be some prison time for this one in addition to a very large, pay for the rest of your life fine.

News at 7:00

work around

Juggernaut wrote:
cameotabby wrote:

Rental computers snapping pictures, are not that big of deal after all.

This is BS plain and simple. And, it's hardwired, not just SW. It has to be deactivated.

In my PC I have a camera plugged in but always pointing at a blank wall, my wife's laptop that connect to the network thru wifi has a camera built in and we have masking tape over the lens.

--
Garmin 38 - Magellan Gold - Garmin Yellow eTrex - Nuvi 260 - Nuvi 2460LMT - Google Nexus 7 - Toyota Entune NAV

Thats kinda creepy

Thats kinda creepy

Agreed: too much potential for creepy...

Reading the article, it would seem that the original intention of the "spycam" was to help protect the store against deadbeat renters (never mind that this family wasn't one of them). Regardless, not disclosing the potential for being recorded in this case is just wrong. The possibility of some rogue employee taking random snapshots is too high to ignore. I'm glad the situation was uncovered.

Scary but I'm wondering...

What if the renters sign terms and conditions that says they agree to let Aaron Inc. monitor their activities, snap their pictures, record their key strokes etc? Will they be able to win the lawsuit? Any lawyers here?

Oh.. I just read this:
"Aaron's failed to disclose that it would be remotely monitoring its computers."

.

johnfw07 wrote:

Regardless, not disclosing the potential for being recorded in this case is just wrong. The possibility of some rogue employee taking random snapshots is too high to ignore. I'm glad the situation was uncovered.

I'm glad they (Aaron Inc) shot themselves in the foot by showing the photo.

A school did this too

johnfw07 wrote:

Reading the article, it would seem that the original intention of the "spycam" was to help protect the store against deadbeat renters (never mind that this family wasn't one of them). Regardless, not disclosing the potential for being recorded in this case is just wrong. The possibility of some rogue employee taking random snapshots is too high to ignore. I'm glad the situation was uncovered.

There was a school last year that gave laptops to all the students that did this, too. It was originally thought to be a good idea to be able to spot check that students were using them properly and as an aid if one got stolen.

They were set up to take a picture every 15 minutes and upload it to the school server. Some of the school administrators were quoted as "enjoying the soap opera" of spying on their students in their homes.
http://www.prisonplanet.com/school-spy-laptops-took-thousand...

Found on Wikipedia

Quote:

Robbins v. Lower Merion School District is a federal class action lawsuit, brought in February 2010 on behalf of students of two high schools in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania suburbs.[2] In October 2010, the school district agreed to pay $610,000 to settle the Robbins and parallel Hasan lawsuits against it.[1]

Sounds about right.

--
1490LMT 1450LMT 295w

Definitely BS...another

Definitely BS...another reason not to rent from that place...

PA school

Believe there is a PA school system that gave laptops to students and was caught with 56,000 unauthorized pictures of there school children while they were off campus, at home, etc. Believe there is a words to describe these adults who work in this school, hmmm, what is it, ah, yes - they are pedophiles and child pornographers.

--
___________________ Garmin 2455, 855, Oregon 550t

Aaron's in the news again

Jury awards former employee 95 million in sexual harassment case.
http://www.ajc.com/business/aarons-to-appeal-95-972376.html?...

--
1490LMT 1450LMT 295w