The U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced it has given final approval to its settlement with Lenovo over charges the company harmed consumers by using preloaded software to deliver ads to consumers. The FTC complaint stated Lenovo sold consumer laptops equipped with VisualDiscovery, a software program the agency said interfered with the ways users’ browsers interacted with websites, resulting in security vulnerabilities. The tech company will be prohibited from misrepresenting any software features designed to place advertisements into users’ browsing sessions or transmit sensitive consumer data to third parties. Lenovo’s settlement with the FTC includes a requirement to create a comprehensive software security program for preloaded consumer software and the need to obtain consumer opt-in before the software runs on the laptops.
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