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 I agree that anonymous (not anonymized, that implies after-the-fact) data gathering and analysis is okay.  That has existed for decades. But that's not the trend of what's happening now, on the commercial side.  It's all about very personal, individualized data. Bingo.  It's an important question to ask, and one that has ramifications for quite literally the rest of our lives and the lives of our children.  My views are strong on this topic exactly because of that; the...
 I too doubt many politicians went through it in detail and/or gave it much in the way of deep thought.  But there were almost certainly people in "the agencies" that did, and it was almost certainly authored with a great deal of input by them.  I'm not even saying they were wrong to push for what they did, as it fits their interests, but I think oversight of these matters is incredibly weak and uninformed.  Things need to be clarified and tightened down a lot.  It won't...
What I really wish people would understand is that the only way to stop the data gathering and sophisticated analysis of individual behavior (and predictive behavioral analysis, yes Minority Report-esque) is by shutting it down at the source - i.e. not letting it get gathered in the first place.   That means commercial data harvesting, because that's where 95% of it comes from.  You may fear the government more, but they are not, for the most part, the gatherers of this...
 I think it's naive to believe that many of these open-ended provisions weren't included with intent.  By your wording, I suspect that you have similar concerns.
It isn't always an question of either-or, sometimes the correct answer is both! ;-)
Trust me, I'm working on mitigating (no way to totally stop) the effects of the coming tidal wave as well, this is just a nitpicky side conversation. I would personally never use any product like this, and if it becomes pervasive and hidden in apps I'm pretty sure I can just disable bluetooth entirely. But yeah, I certainly understand what you're saying.However, your next comment:I live in California where the state sells personal information gathered from individuals.I...
I suppose the time had to come where I agree with a GatorGuy post. Cats and dogs..... Dick, much of what GatorGuy wrote here gets to the "meat" of what I'm trying to get at. Apple has created some kind of reference model, and they may stick with best practices themselves, but I don't see anything on the technology side you're describing so far that leads me to believe a system like this won't be abused. Yes, Apple has a pretty good curation system, but it doesn't stop...
I agree with you for now, and I don't want to see things change, but jakeb has a point.How many people here remember when cell phones were first coming into popularity? It was a HUGE faux pas in many circles to be seen or heard using them. I got scowls and less-than-nice comments from random people in public, and even verbal reprimands from relatives. Not because I was being loud or obnoxious, but because it was considered pretentious and just plain "not cool" to be...
Hear hear!If I could vote your post up x10 I'd do it.
The difference between "identify" and "differentiate" is a very fine line when it comes to tracking/profiling/privacy. Profiling/marketing companies spend huge $ and development effort to bridge that gap wherever possible.So this is exactly the methodology I'm concerned by, although it's possible there still may be something I'm missing, because of your last clause here.Is it not possible for an app to generate a UUID of its own, based on communication with its own home...
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