AG Jepsen wins settlement over computer hacking

September 5, 2017 GMT

HARTFORD — Connecticut has joined with 31 other states in a $3.5 million settlement with technology company Lenovo Inc. over software that made laptops more vulnerable to hackers.

“Consumers have a reasonable expectation that their personal information will be protected when they purchase a new personal computer,” Attorney General Jepsen said.

Under the settlement, Connecticut will receive $286,145, which will be deposited into the state’s General Fund.

The states alleged that VisualDiscovery shopping software preinstalled on laptop computers by Lenovo exposed consumers’ personal information to hackers. Among several provisions, the settlement requires the North Carolina-based Lenovo to obtain consumer consent in order to use the software on their laptop.

Connecticut led the investigation with California, Illinois and Pennsylvania and the settlement was negotiated and finalized in coordination with the Federal Trade Commission.