Tech firm to pay $3.5M in settlement over preloaded software
September 6, 2017
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A technology company will pay $3.5 million and change how it sells laptop computers as part of a settlement reached with federal officials and 32 states.
The agreement with Lenovo announced Tuesday settles allegations that the firm, based in Morrisville, North Carolina, sold devices with preloaded software that made users' sensitive personal information vulnerable to hackers.
The VisualDiscovery software was installed on hundreds of thousands of laptops to deliver pop-up ads to consumers.
Lenovo stopped shipping laptops with VisualDiscovery preinstalled in February 20...