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Off topic: Sears spied on customers

Sears tricked customers into installing software that recorded:

"the contents of shopping carts, online bank statements, drug prescription records, video rental records, library borrowing histories, and the sender, recipient, subject, and size for web-based e-mails. The software would also track some computer activities that were not related to the Internet."
The Federal Trade Commission asked them to destroy the data and to be more honest about their plans next time they do something like this. I wonder whether that is a strong enough punishment to deter similar activities by other companies?

I hadn't seen anything about this in the news before reading about it on Bruce Schneier's blog. Why isn't he in charge of Homeland Security?

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