Another Lexmark Activity [2:27 pm]
Reports on the comp.periphs.printers Usenet newsgroup claim that Lexmark has been planting spyware on its customers’ PCs in the form of undocumented software that monitors the use of its printers and silently reports back to a Lexmark-owned company website.
One user said that after initially denying the allegations, Lexmark acknowledged installing tracking software that reported printer and cartridge use back to the company for survey purposes. He claimed that Lexmark said no personal data was taken by the program, and that it was impossible to identify anyone by it.
However, users installing the software are prompted to fill in a registration form including their name and the serial number of the product.
Slashdot: Are Your Peripherals Monitoring You?