Phones and permissions
Posted Jun 6, 2011 11:29 UTC (Mon) by asymptote
Parent article: Phones and permissions
Part of the issue is that it is unclear what is "owed" to the app developers for use of their code.
In my opinion this is incorrect; developers who presume to use the private information of users are the parties who are in debt, not the users themselves. Even the most basic reading of relevant legal statutes, for example the British Data Protection Act, makes this clear.
Users do not owe the IMEI, IMSI, serial number, or any persistent and uniquely identifying token to developers. Ever. I'm surprised people have already forgotten about the uproar surrounding the uniquely identifying serial number in Intel Pentium III chips.
For most consumers, any of these safeguards are essentially pointless.
This is an issue that non-technically inclined users care about, regardless of the comments by the author to the contrary, or else how else would you explain the outrage to proposals like the US REAL ID Act and the British Identity Cards Act 2006?
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