An angry consumer sued Microsoft over the company's Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) software-verification program:
The WGA program, which Microsoft launched in July 2005, began to generate significant controversy with the rollout in April of this year with a piece of software that contacted Microsoft servers every time a system was rebooted, even if that system was found to be authentic by the software. It alarmed some consumers who feared it was behaving in the same way as spyware.
Microsoft, bowing to consumer pressure, made changes to WGA this week with a new version designed to address privacy concerns by reducing the number of times Microsoft is contacted. The updated version also allows PC users to remove the application from their machines should they desire to do so.
Kamber claims Microsoft misled users by bundling WGA with monthly critical security updates. He is asking the company to remove all information assembled by WGA and is seeking damages.