11/4/2006

Starbucks loses laptops with worker data

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Starbucks Corp. said Friday it had lost track of four laptop computers, two of which had private information on about 60,000 current and former U.S. employees and fewer than 80 Canadian workers and contractors.

The data, which includes names, addresses and Social Security numbers, is about three years old, dating prior to December 2003, said Valerie O’Neil, a spokeswoman for the Seattle-based coffee retailer.

The company has not received any reports that anyone’s personal information has been compromised.

Source: AP

Adware firm in $3 million settlement

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An Internet advertising firm called Zango Inc. has agreed to pay $3 million to the U.S. government to settle allegations that its pop-up ad software was secretly installed on millions of personal computers, federal regulators said on Friday.

As part of the settlement, Zango must give consumers a way to remove disruptive adware and is barred from future downloads of its adware without consumers’ consent, the Federal Trade Commission said.

“Consumers’ computers belong to them, and they shouldn’t have to accept any content they don’t want,” FTC consumer protection chief Lydia Parnes said in a statement.

Source: Reuters

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