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Sears gets mere wrist slap for allegedly spying on customers

submitted on September 15, 2009 by jack69darin in "Member's Lounge"
Guess you got to be careful signig up for a free $10 gift card even with major companies.
http://www.walletpop.com/blog/.....ying-on-i/

Between April 2007 and January 2008, visitors to the Kmart and Sears web sites were invited to join an "online community" for which they would be paid $10 with the idea they would be helping the company learn more about their customers. It turned out they learned a lot more than participants realized or that the feds thought was reasonable.

To join the "My SHC Community," users downloaded software that ended up grabbing some members' prescription information, emails, bank account data and purchases on other sites. Sears called the group that participated "small" and said the data captured by the program was at all times secure and was then destroyed.
 

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    llocomotive
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    Posted by llocomotive on September 15, 2009 [reply] 0 0
    b*******
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    HouTex
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    Posted by HouTex on September 15, 2009 [reply] 0 0
    This is a great reminder not to participate in any offers that install software on your computer. It's reminiscent of the "drive-by downloads" that you never realized you got from other free offers, when clicking "no" still triggered the installation of spyware. How do we know Sears really destroyed all the data? 'Cause they promised the judge?
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    Posted by midget on September 15, 2009 [reply] 0 0
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    Solstice
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    Posted by Solstice on September 15, 2009 [reply] 0 0
    Just one more reason that I personally will endeavor to never shop at Sears.

    Maybe some day I will share the other reason, but I don't have the time to type that much tonight.
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    YanBz
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    Posted by YanBz on September 15, 2009 [reply] 0 0
    Oh my, oh my. Can you believe I still don't have a coupon printer installed on my PC? Smile

    PS. I added a gist of the story to the original topic

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