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Palm Issues Statement Over Palm Pre Privacy Concerns

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Aug 12, 2009, 5:21 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Today a report surfaced that accused webOS and the Palm Pre of sending end-user information — including location data and what sort of applications were running — back to Palm without end-user consent. In response, Palm issued the following statement: "Palm takes privacy very seriously, and offers users ways to turn data collecting services on and off. Our privacy policy is like many policies in the industry and includes very detailed language about potential scenarios in which we might use a customer's information, all toward a goal of offering a great user experience. For instance, when location based services are used, we collect their information to give them relevant local results in Google Maps. We appreciate the trust that users give us with their information, and have no intention to violate that trust." Palm did not say exactly how end users can opt out of these data-sharing services, nor did it fully explain why Palm would want to know which applications users have downloaded and are running.

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Aug 13, 2009, 1:16 AM

Your toilet is collecting user-end data.....

it goes from the local water department to the government and corporations. Laughing
Way, way funny!!!!
LMAO!!!!! Laughing Laughing Laughing
You laugh but I don't think this is funny. Paranoid You realize that with this data the local water department, government and corporations who receive this data, they can find out where you been, ate, drank and what your body used or didn't use f...
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Aug 12, 2009, 7:14 PM

Marketing Duh!

All cell phone companies do this. Hell amazon was caught in a act with a situation about them using internet users cookies and would fluctuate prices depending in the cookies of each users, I.E. a Item that cost $4.00 can possibly cost me $16.00 if my cookies reflect I have previously bought something of that similar item then they know that I want that item. Its a crazy digital world that we live in but it is what it is. Google has been saving cookies and cashe's to better assist its customers so what makes you think with the G1 they wont do the samething?



These companies are in the business to make money and will do alot of things to get that competitors edge.
Cookies are completely different. They used by nearly all web sites (including this one) and they're usually quite harmless. If a cookie stored your SSN or other private info, that would be one thing, but that's not generally how cookies are used. Any...
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Disrespect said:
All cell phone companies do this.

Well, yes, but it's the nature of the technology that your cell phone company knows roughly where you are. There's no way to avoid that. Your phone needs to connect t...
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