Aaron's Settles FTC Charges Over Spy Cams

Aaron’s Inc. will settle Federal Trade Commission charges it played a role in its franchisees’ installation and use of software on rental computers that secretly monitored consumers including by taking webcam pictures of them in their homes. The FTC alleged the Atlanta-based rent-to-own retailer’s franchisees used the software, which tracked consumers’ locations, captured images through the computers’ webcams -- including those of adults engaged in intimate activities -- and activated keyloggers that captured users’ login credentials for email accounts and financial and social media sites.