FTC offers guidelines for mobile industry on how to protect users' privacy

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: February 2, 2013 - 2:05 PM
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rshacklefordFeb. 2, 13 4:18 PM

(article quote): "But people are increasingly concerned about their privacy as companies aim to use the personal data collected on the phones to better market to them." ---- Data collected (personal or not) is only as good as its accuracy otherwise it is worthless. With a few million "apps" out there, why doesn't some enterprising high school student write a very simple app that does the following: Every random number of minutes/seconds, it chooses a random topic and does a search. For example: scuba gear, turban, waste management, skiing, monopoly, f-16 fighter jet, amish built chair, corona, etc. Let the crackerjack box marketing degree people try and sift through 99% misinformation (aka "things you will never, ever purchase"). The marketing people will eventually stop stalking you because companies will no longer be able to use the collected data. The tracking where you are at, the "location problem," will go away via an ACLU type lawsuit. BTW, by using one piece of software, ALL Strib ads are blocked without affecting any page's "worthwhile content." Works great.

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jcinmnFeb. 2, 13 4:44 PM

rshackleford "(article quote): "But people are increasingly concerned about their privacy as companies aim to use the personal data collected on the phones to better market to them." ---- Data collected (personal or not) is only as good as its accuracy otherwise it is worthless. With a few million "apps" out there, why doesn't some enterprising high school student write a very simple app that does the following: Every random number of minutes/seconds, it chooses a random topic and does a search. For example: scuba gear, turban, waste management, skiing, monopoly, f-16 fighter jet, amish built chair, corona, etc. Let the crackerjack box marketing degree people try and sift through 99% misinformation (aka "things you will never, ever purchase"). " As long as you're prepared to spend the money on the many searches you should be able to do it yourself. Don't wait for the enterprising young student to do it for you. I'm sure that the airtime provider wouldn't mind charging you for all of these searches.

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rshacklefordFeb. 2, 13 5:39 PM

(jcinmn): "I'm sure that the airtime provider wouldn't mind charging you for all of these searches." ---- Watching just one "cute animal video" (YouTube) requires more data than 1,000's of searches because each search would only need to be a very simple HTML string sent out (no browser required). Plus, any returned information could be blocked by the app. Even better would be advertisers "crediting back minutes" if the user clicked on one of their ads. Then, the app could just automatically send a click to each one. How about a million minutes banked?

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