“to improve app based upon usage information”… then it is ok to take my information without my knowledge or consent?
When the “Share iPhone & Watch Analytics” is togged on, we see this:
and it shows a link “About App Analytics and Privacy”… as well as showing that the “Share with App Developers” is turned off. Again, my data, my choice, my privacy.
The “About App Analytics and Privacy” shows this:
“At Apple, we believe privacy is a fundamental human right.” as do I.
So what kind of phone do you have? How much did you pay for it? Where did you buy it? Couldn’t you afford a better phone? How did you pay for it? Credit card? What is the interest rate on that credit card? That high? How come you could not get a better rate? (bad credit? can’t hold a job, not smart enough?). Where do you go with the phone? Why do you use it so much while you are at work when it is your personal phone? What are you doing on that phone at 2am that takes up so much bandwidth an processor? None of my business? I couldn’t agree more…
So when we get “Free” service or a “free” phone, some people understand that there is no such thing as free… others are too naïve to understand. Regardless, it does not make it “Ok” to steal my data (a la FaceBook). And then when we pay for something, any <i>any possible excuse</i> for violating our privacy is completely off the table.
So Wyze wants to improve the product performance and wants to know what kind of phone I have and what kind of processor and what kind of memory and how much of the memory and process are available to the system when Wyse is running and this is a good justification to take the data without my consent, and expressly against my wishes?
When it is time to improve the microphone, will it be OK for Wyse to listen in on our cameras, just to sample the audio to make sure it is up to standard? And the video, the glare we see in the night vision when it is pointed out a window… to help fix that, is it ok for Wyse to sample the video our cameras are capturing to get better night vision… and for better image tracking perhaps? Many cameras are inside pointing out a window which causes reflection… maybe the video they get from my camera will help them figure out how to reflection-cancel the video? What about the camera I have mounted pointing out my bedroom window at the backyard? Room audio? Window reflection?
Oh but that’s violating our privacy? Really? It is only for product improvement and marketing…
There is a very simple line that must not be crossed here… it’s not about what kind of data is being collected via the Wyse camera system without the user’s permission, it is that there is any data being collected without permission. The line in the sand is “permission” and taking something of mine without my permission is stealing.
And did you know that even if you put a memory card in the camera to “keep your video private”, the video is being stored on a Wyse server anyway? I wonder where it goes from there and who all has access to it?