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I don't understand why anyone would purchase something from a rent-to-own operation, especially considering the ridiculous amount they mark the price up on merchandise.
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Originally Posted by GoTMaXPoWeR View Post
I suppose it's things you consider when renting a computer. Anyone typing banking details into a computer that could potentially be rented out to another person is an idiot, period. Once again, these are things to be expected of a rental company. Perhaps pictures are a little too far, but you can never be sure that they've not done anything worse behind the scenes.
These folks said they never signed an agreement to those invasive things, they were not given the option to "consider" them.
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post #13 of 37
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I suppose it's things you consider when renting a computer. Anyone typing banking details into a computer that could potentially be rented out to another person is an idiot, period. Once again, these are things to be expected of a rental company. Perhaps pictures are a little too far, but you can never be sure that they've not done anything worse behind the scenes.

Touche, I do think that these are perhaps going a little bit too far, but it's their computer, their rules. You can't rent a computer and complain about it. Buy it if you're worried about your privacy. Or at least format it.
I disagree completely.

Unless they signed something which outlined: "by the way, when you rent a computer from us we reserve the right to open up the camera and see what you're doing at any time".

Would it be okay if you rented a bed, with a camera in it, which they could access remotely?

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I don't understand why anyone would purchase something from a rent-to-own operation, especially considering the ridiculous amount they mark the price up on merchandise.
They prey on the lack of credit of those who have to resort to renting to own.
    
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These folks said they never signed an agreement to those invasive things, they were not given the option to "consider" them.
Not everybody plays by the rules, unfortunately. But legally I suppose they're done for.

It seems we've all got so caught up in freedom of speech laws that we think we're entitled to a little more than we actually are.
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These folks said they never signed an agreement to those invasive things, they were not given the option to "consider" them.
The company seems to deny knowledge too. Sounds familiar.

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Byrd demanded to know where the picture came from, and the manager "responded that he was not supposed to disclose that Aaron's had the photograph," the lawsuit said.
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It said it respects its customers' privacy and hasn't authorized any of its corporate stores to install the software described in the lawsuit.
    
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I don't get the computer rental thing. I mean for the price of what renting a computer for two months probably is you could just buy a low end or used one. Too bad Aaron's doesn't list prices online.

The school that did this lost their case and they only took a pic when the laptop was taken off the premises by somebody who wasn't allowed to.
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post #17 of 37
This topic enrages me... I can't even begin to think what the management was thinking implementing spy ware on stuff people bring into their homes... Lock em up and put a camera in their cell live stream it.
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Originally Posted by RonindeBeatrice View Post
They prey on the lack of credit of those who have to resort to renting to own.
Indeed, but there is an option besides utilizing credit. It starts with an "S" and ends with a "g", theres a "v" in there somewhere too .
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post #19 of 37
It all depends on the contract you sign... If there's written clearly in the contract you sign you will have a computer with spywares to monitor your activities it may be ok for them, as they would be a bit "protected" against suits, if the things are like those cases with unaware customers... Let them fall.
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post #20 of 37
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If this is what it looks like...it is just like that school that tapped into the built in web cam to find a stolen laptop and got into all sorts of trouble. They were spying on every student at the high school...in their bedrooms alot of the time.

I have always disabled the webcam on my laptops...
It's mentioned in the source already.
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