And people look at me funny...
When I tell them I don't own a smartphone...
Then I point them to sh*t like this...
China's Internet Society chapter has warned local internet app-makers to tone down their collection of personal information. Last week, the society convened an expert panel with the country's Information and Communication Administration (part of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology) to present the results of its …
They really don't have to.
Encryption is pretty much outlawed unless you have permission from the government.
The government owns all ISPs and routers.
So they just happily sniff away and get the entire picture. Not to mention, they likely require ISPs to install hidden monitoring applications on each device.
#It claimed 61 per cent of the apps it tested sent information to Facebook as soon as the app was opened,
#apps were frequently sending information sufficient to profile users back to Zuckerberg's ad farm – even if the individual wasn't a Facebook user.
#Some apps went further, sending detailed information about how users interact with their apps to Facebook
""All relevant internet companies have made active efforts to strengthen the protection of users' personal information.""
NO NO NO! It's not about protecting the info they've stolen from us, it's about not having it taken in the first place! No data harvesting, no data to "protect".
It's also ludicrous to talk about "protecting" our private data when the company is going to sell it to someone they approve of. That's simply vetted, secondhand theft of personal info.
protecting the info they've stolen from us
In most cases they haven't stolen it, they've taken it in lieu of cash payment. People like stuff they don't have to pay cash for, how else will the developers get paid? The issue of informed consent is an important, but largely different matter.
Which points up that an unfortunate omission from even the strongest data protection laws is a requirement to have a paid version of any app or service that (by law) has the same price as the provable value per user associated with data or ad-funded versions, but doesn't scrape any data at all. A tiny minority of apps already do this, why not put that on a legal footing? Might also be necessary to slowly break the fingers of Apple and Google's CEOs to persuade them that their app stores aren't entitled to 30% of revenues.
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