Gopron, a company that makes software for laptops, computers, and phones, filed a lawsuit in California this week against Intel and Qualcomm.
The suit alleges that Gopros software, which is supposed to help protect users’ data, is “an invasion of privacy.”
The company has accused Intel and its partners of selling “software with a ‘kill switch’ that allows the manufacturer to ‘turn off’ or ‘disable’ a feature in order to allow the user to delete, delete, and delete.”
The lawsuit also alleges that Intel and other Intel partners sell software with “kill switches” that turn off the “user interface” of the laptop or smartphone, preventing the user from using it.
Goprop filed a complaint on Monday alleging that Intel, Qualcomm, and other companies “knowingly and unlawfully provide the Gopra software with a kill switch that can be used to disable the user interface.”
Intel has denied the allegations.
“We’re disappointed that a class-action lawsuit filed in the United States alleges Intel and Intel partners are violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and we’re confident that this case is the first to address that allegation,” a spokesperson told Ars.
“As we have said all along, our focus is on providing the best hardware, the best software, and the best services to our customers.
Our software engineers are working to make sure this does not happen again.”
Intel declined to comment.
Ars has contacted Intel for comment.
Gomax’s lawsuit was filed in California.
It’s unclear whether Intel is likely to appeal the lawsuit.
Gopa, which makes software that monitors and repairs the devices it protects, is also looking to have its patents overturned.
In a blog post, Goprolg said it’s “pleased to see the lawsuit filed by Intel and Goproxy [Goprop] be dismissed, but will remain vigilant for other similar cases.”
Goprophys lawsuit also accuses Intel of “misleading consumers” by suggesting the technology would be “more secure” than other similar technologies, claiming that the software’s “kill switch” is designed to “allow the user’s computer to automatically turn off, disable, or deactivate a particular function when a user interacts with the computer.”
Gopa’s lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages.