Saturday, November 13, 2004

Spyware charge levelled at Lexmark

It seems that Lexmark may be tracking the usage of its printer customers with spyware:

Spyware charge levelled at Lexmark - "One user said that after initially denying the allegations, Lexmark acknowledged installing tracking software that reported printer and cartridge use back to the company for survey purposes. He claimed that Lexmark said no personal data was taken by the program, and that it was impossible to identify anyone by it.
However, users installing the software are prompted to fill in a registration form including their name and the serial number of the product.
The newsgroup posting claims that the program, found on the X5250 installation software, embeds itself in the registry and monitors the use of the printer"

Via Engadget.


Blogger Tim Marman said...

Wow. Interesting, especially in light of the I-SPY bill.

How did I miss this on on Engadget? I guess I was in too much of a rush to have no unreads :)

11/13/2004 10:06 PM  

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