More privacy issues

Privacy issues have become a problem and governments aren’t doing much to curb the issue.

Manufacturers or software developers want the default to be automatically opt in to everything. That means [for example], you install software on a computer or a device, they want to get your information unless you turn it off.

Others such as privacy activists want the default to be opt out of everything. This means, you install software on a computer or a device, you need to allow enable the information they want.

Recently I bought a new smartphone. It allowed me to restore my applications and some of my settings from my previous smartphone. Some of the applications’ settings weren’t restored even though the application was.

Case in point, the HP Smart application for Androids. It allows you to print to a printer on a network but offers additional features that you may not get otherwise.

On first usage, it wants you to agree to various agreements or settings. Of course, if you don’t agree to certain settings [like below], you can’t use the application.

If most people were using the application, would use the application they would say “I want to print. I don’t need this” and then check the box on the screen above and click the “Start” button.

Now if some had the time, they’d probably click on each of the blue links on that page. “HP Privacy Statement” and “End User License Agreement” basically has no actions. You need to accept.

However, you can control the “Data Collection Settings”. Below is the screen you will see if you select that one.

Note that they recommend that you allow both accept both. It is up to you if you want to. Read it carefully.

I only used this application as an example.

After installing an application, go into the settings and see what it will send back to the developer or others.

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