Some of the personal information collected included Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, passwords, etc.

ComScore has been busted for collecting and selling private information from user systems, leading to a class action suit against the company.

A federal court in Chicago granted class action status to the lawsuit against comScore this week, which was filed by two Internet users in August 2011. One user is from Illinois and the other from California. 

The two Internet users accused comScore of changing security settings with its software and stealing sensitive information from emails, PDFs, word processing documents, etc. It was also accused of redirecting user traffic and putting data collection code into instant messenger applications and browsers. 

Some of the personal information collected included Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, passwords, etc.

The lawsuit said comScore violated the federal Stored Communication Act (SCA), the Electronic Privacy Communication Act (ECPA) and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).

The class action status ruling means that anyone who downloaded comScore's tracking software from 2005 until the present can now file a claim against the company. 

The court made the ruling based on the agreement that comScore violated the SCA, ECPA and CFAA. Each class member would be entitled up to $1,000 in statutory damages under the SCA and ECPA. 

ComScore is an Internet analytics company that uses OSSProxy software to track Internet users' activities. End users download the software, and after collecting the data, comScore provides marketing data and analytics to the world's largest companies. 

ComScore said that it purges personal information collected before selling it to the companies. 

Source: ComputerWorld

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