Why are both Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) still permitting clearly ill-conceived user tracking via applications marketed and sold on each company's customer-facing app stores? Surely your privacy and freedom means more to you than the false-and-temporary-convenience of finger, voice and script actuated conveyances of information best retreived in another manner.
The primary driving force that feeds rulemaking for writing public policy that will serve the people in a Constitutional Republic such as the United States of America must commence with forthright consideration of the true owners needs and the effects generated by the policy/rule under consideration, and not the derivative custodians of the assets under discussion. In this case, Consumer Data is the asset, the owners are people like you and yours truly, whilst the custodial holders of that data are the Corporations. The true benefactors are the source of the data: The Consumers. Further, any Policy, Rule, Tort, Bill and Act must-needs address the requirements, safety and prosperity of the true owners of those assets - the Consumers, and not necessarily the Custodians of the Assets.
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This situation - the failure of a highly touted Amazon Corporation (NasdaqGS: AMZN) machine learning/psuedo-artificial-intelligence API/Database construct known as 'Amazon Rekognition' - is a Prime example of large-scale, resilient corporate hubris. Highly disappointing, yet the stock is not suffering... And, then there's this.
via The Outline's author, Paris Martineau, comes this tale of opt-in/opt-out, GlaxoSmithKline 23andMe. and of course, The Goods - , your DNA. Of which, results in a nagging question: Why would I (or you for that matter), agree to hand over my uniquely identifying DNA data to a commercial enterprise (that only answers to it's shareholders, and only has it's best interests in mind) to use as they see fit? Oh, and a couple of other questions: Do you trust a big-pharma corporation with your own personal Map of Life? What about the future use of that data, once it's in the slipstream of artificially intelligent genetic-testing-reliant health insurance companies? Food for Thought or just Paranoia? You be the judge; after all, it's your DNA, right?
"In short, most — if not all — of the information 23andMe has on its users has probably been shared with someone that isn’t 23andMe itself, and money might have even changed hands. Which is all perfectly within the company’s rights to do, since they agreed to it (probably blindly) when they signed up." - via The Outline author Paris Martineau in the well crafted post 'How To Sign Away The Rights To Your DNA'
via Cyrus Farivar, writing at Ars Technica, comes evidence of skullduggery at Zuckerberg's Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB), this time, in the guise of failing to answer Senatorial queries, simply by ignoring such impudence.
"Notably, Facebook declined to promise to share the results of its post-Cambridge Analytica investigation with the public or even Congress. The social media giant also wouldn’t say if it had ever turned off a feature for privacy reasons." - via Cyrus Farivar, writing at Ars Technica
Senators - this is why the use of subpoena is such a powerful tool, especially against this form of stonewalling; further, don't Senate staffers cover the appropos use of subpoena in your freshman year term classes on *How To Behave Senatorialy? - Mxh (ed.)
via Martin Brinkmann, writing at Ghacks, tells us of the shameful track record of Google Inc. aka Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG) in policing the company's own browser (Google Chrome) add-on store; based on this report from Radware.. Not too mention the astonishing numbers of malicous apps in the company's Google Play Android shop. Read it an Weep.