Buy a Samsung, get a free keylogger
There is a short report of Samsung pre-installing spyware on its own laptops before sale:
In other words, Samsung wanted to gather usage data without obtaining consent from laptop owners.
Samsung responds to installation of keylogger on its laptop computers
The report adds:
Samsung’s conduct may be illegal; even if it is eventually ruled legal by the courts, the issue has legal, ethical, and privacy implications for both the businesses and individuals who may purchase and use Samsung laptops. Samsung could also be liable should the vast amount of information collected through StarLogger fall into the wrong hands.
Frankly, I cannot see how this could possibly be anything but illegal in the EU. The report, however, doesn’t say whether this is worldwide or just North American – so clearly we need to know more. Frankly, I hope that the FTC in the States and the EDPS in the EU stamps very hard on Samsung. This is simply unacceptable.
What I can say for certain, however, is that the Samsung R540 I was looking at is now not going to happen. Ever.