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Daily links 11/17/2011

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  • tags: internet censorship blocking SOPA IP copyright

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  • tags: privacy rootkit mobile HTC data monitoring fail

    • It turns out that CIQ is not exactly what many people don’t see (as it is hidden), but it is rather a very useful tool for system and network administrators. The tools is used to provide feedback and relevant data on several metrics that can help one of the aforementioned admins to troubleshoot and improve system and network performance. Point and case, the app seems to run in such a way that it allows the user to provide the input needed via surveys and other things. To put things in a more visual way, this is what CIQ should look like
    • In the original version of the app, the app is set to collect things such as network status, equipment ID and manufacturer, and much more. All this data is then pushed to a “portal” where the administrator can see, filter, accommodate, and virtually arrange all the metrics reported by the app in any way he/she sees fit. What is more, according to some of the training documents, CIQ can virtually consider anything as a metric, and record it.
    • There is little that we can do about this data being collected without us rooting the device and breaking the warranties on them (not that we usually care about doing this anyways). But the problem is that all this data, all this information about you, how you use your device, your every day activities, everything you do with your device is logged and sold. Not too long ago, Verizon came forth (probably as they saw this coming) and decided to provide its customers with the option to opt out of this activity. Basically, preventing Big Red from selling your data (but not from collecting it). Sprint, on the other hand, has gone as far as denying its existence at one point. Now, we know that this is all part of the contract that you go into when you buy a phone from them, right? Wrong! According to Sprint, even if you were to buy a device straight out of eBay and have no service on Sprint (use it as a Wifi media player if you will), Sprint can still collect this data from you. You are bound and chained with them, even if you never planned on doing this.
    • what kind of permissible purpose is out there that can allow a company to legally place a key logger on something and use it when you are not even getting service out of them? This is far beyond, at this point, the fact that the data could potentially be accessed, intercepted, or even loop holes being present in the code. This is a matter of our rights to privacy as consumers.
    • This is a clear infringement of consumer rights in down to its core. Not being able to opt out is downright ridiculous and we would like to request that this is fixed in upcoming devices and software updates. Remember, we may not be the vast majority of your users/customers, but unfortunately for you, our communities are the ones who can make your sales efforts into a living nightmare. Consumers are the ultimate key holders and we suggest that you stop looking at us as dollar signs and more like people and customers. All in all, I am not for sale and my privacy is priceless.

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