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Antivirus vendors Symantec and McAfee have each agreed to pay the New York
Attorney General's office $375,000 in fines to settle charges that they
automatically charged customers software subscription renewal fees without their
Investigators found that the two companies had "failed to adequately disclose to consumers that subscriptions would automatically be renewed and that consumers would be charged," the office of Andrew Cuomo said in a statement Wednesday announcing the settlement. "Companies cannot play hide the ball when it comes to fees consumers are being charged."
In addition to paying the settlement fine, Symantec and McAfee will now make better disclosures about subscription renewal fees when customers sign up, the attorney general's office said.