Major data security controversy as comScore sued over private information retention

Major data security controversy as comScore sued over private information retention

Two plaintiffs allege that data collection and online tracking firm comScore illicitly retained confidential information from their browsing sessions, including Social Security and credit card numbers, Reuters reported Tuesday.

The complaint, according to the news agency, centers on the data comScore collects from users who answer survey questions in exchange for sweepstakes tickets and free software. The plaintiffs accused the tracking firm of scanning their computers without their knowledge and grabbing a significant amount of information.

"We have reviewed the lawsuit and find it to be without merit and full of factual inaccuracies. ComScore intends to aggressively defend itself against these claims," spokesman Andrew Lipsman told Reuters, which noted that the company had been the subject of similar complaints before, though never a lawsuit.

Users concerned about the safety of their data should ensure that they carefully read all terms of service on website services they sign up for, and check that their connections use SSL certificate verification.