On April 5, 2006, the New York State Attorney sued a New York online advertising firm for surreptitiously installing spyware advertising programs on consumers' computers. The Attorney General claimed that consumers believed they were downloading free games or 'browser' enhancements.
The company claimed that the spyware was identified as 'advertising-supported' and that the software is easy to remove and doesn't collect personal data.
Is there an ethical issue for the company? Comment on and justify your position.