|by PalmWebOS.org on August 13th, 2009|
If you’ve got a Palm Pre and you’re all about your privacy you may have reason for concern – according to Joey Hess there are E.T. Phone Home features hidden deep inside the WebOS code that can give the company access to crucial information for data mining such as:
- App usage and history
- App crash and failure logs
- What apps you have installed
Palm has just officially responded to the outcry against this uncovered capability:
My heart is warmed… but I’m not 100% convinced. They suggest you can turn off these data collection services but doing so would likely break much of the WebOS functionality in terms of location based services. What I would want to hear is that although they are utilizing your location, they are never storing/saving the data to their servers! After they know where we are and have provided the intended service/experience/functionality, why would they still need to keep a record of our whereabouts and whenabouts?
THAT is what I would like Palm to comment on. The app usage/history/installs don’t bother me at all – Android users would know that developers can see how many users have their app installed via the developer dashboard at Android.com. Obviously Google is collecting the same kind of information, how come nobody has complained there?
I think a chill pill is seriously needed here but Palm still has some explaining to do. How long does Palm KEEP the data they collect in regard to user/location/time? That is the unanswered question that I feel needs to be answered.