'deceptive practices' of Integrated Search Technologies (IST)

Montreal-based software distributor Integrated Search Technologies (IST) and several of its business partners should be investigated for unfair and deceptive practices, say Canada's CIPPIC and America's CDT.

The Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) and US Center for Democracy &\1 Technology (CDT) want the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Canadian Competition Bureau to investigate IST and affiliates NegativeBeats.com, ContextPlus, Meridian Business Ventures, Surf Accuracy and Internet Optimizer.

The companies have, "engaged in a widespread campaign of installing unwanted software on users computers, and have done so using unfair and deceptive practices prohibited by federal law," say CIPPIC and the CDT.

Their complaint says the companies used deceptive techniques to dupe Internet users into downloading software they didn't ask for and which gave them "little or no benefit".

The unwanted programs can dramatically slow a computer's performance and making matters worse, "the companies behind the programs in many cases deliberately design them to be difficult to uninstall," states CIPPC. p2pnet.net - the original daily p2p and digital media news site

Linked by shanmuga Thursday, 3rd November 2005 8:57PM