RCN, Paxfire Accused Of Intercepting Web Searches

Law360, New York (August 4, 2011, 8:51 PM EDT) -- Internet service provider RCN Corp. and Paxfire Inc., which generates revenue from Internet searches, were hit with a proposed class action Thursday in New York accusing them of wiretap violations and breach of contract for secretly intercepting customers' Internet activity for profit.

Plaintiff Betsy Feist claims the companies intercepted customers' Google, Bing and Yahoo searches as well as Web addresses they visited and redirected them to third-party advertisers employed by Paxfire. The defendants also allegedly gathered demographic information about the customers and sold it to the...
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