Rent To Own Computers Came With Skeevy Software
You can't afford to buy a "nice computer", so you go to the local rent-to-own store and sign up. What you didn't know and were not told that in some cases the rental companies had software in place that could perform some rather skeevy tricks, in the name of making sure you kept up with your payments. By activating "Detective Mode" on the computers of (presumably) delinquent customers, all manner of data could be gathered:
I understand the motivation on the part of the stores, but come on people - what were you thinking??Data gathered by DesignerWare and provided to rent-to-own stores using Detective Mode revealed private and confidential details about computer users, such as user names and passwords for email accounts, social media websites, and financial institutions; Social Security numbers; medical records; private emails to doctors; bank and credit card statements; and webcam pictures of children, partially undressed individuals, and intimate activities at home.