In the News: Troubling, Unethical and Sadly, Not a Surprise at All.

Sears Using Spyware to Monitor Personal ‘Secure’ Information.

This statement from the privacy agreement really bothers me, as it should bother anybody: “Once you install our application, it monitors all of the Internet behavior that occurs on the computer on which you install the application, including both your normal web browsing and the activity that you undertake during secure sessions, such as filling a shopping basket, completing an application form or checking your online accounts, which may include personal financial or health information.”

That’s just charming. I find it really hard to find any remotely ethical justification for Sears to want access to this information, or to provide it to a third party like they’ve been doing.

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3 Responses to “In the News: Troubling, Unethical and Sadly, Not a Surprise at All.”

  1. lucretiasheart Says:

    I think you answered your own question: So they can sell information to a third party. When money talks, ethics walks.

    You know– people get on my case for refusing to do any monetary business over the internet. Well… this sort of thing all over the place is WHY I don’t.

  2. spurious_logic Says:

    “Which may include personal financial or health information.”

    I would think HIPAA would blast them for that.

    Ah, well. I’m done doing business with Sears anyway.

  3. uhlrik Says:

    Ethics and money seem to have an… uneasy relationship, no?

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In the News: Troubling, Unethical and Sadly, Not a Surprise at All.

Sears Using Spyware to Monitor Personal ‘Secure’ Information.

This statement from the privacy agreement really bothers me, as it should bother anybody: “Once you install our application, it monitors all of the Internet behavior that occurs on the computer on which you install the application, including both your normal web browsing and the activity that you undertake during secure sessions, such as filling a shopping basket, completing an application form or checking your online accounts, which may include personal financial or health information.”

That’s just charming. I find it really hard to find any remotely ethical justification for Sears to want access to this information, or to provide it to a third party like they’ve been doing.

3 Responses to “In the News: Troubling, Unethical and Sadly, Not a Surprise at All.”

  1. lucretiasheart Says:

    I think you answered your own question: So they can sell information to a third party. When money talks, ethics walks.

    You know– people get on my case for refusing to do any monetary business over the internet. Well… this sort of thing all over the place is WHY I don’t.

  2. spurious_logic Says:

    “Which may include personal financial or health information.”

    I would think HIPAA would blast them for that.

    Ah, well. I’m done doing business with Sears anyway.

  3. uhlrik Says:

    The article indicated that their disclosure is probably insufficient for FTC requirements as well.

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