Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Apr 2012 08:26 UTC
Internet & Networking "The principles of openness and universal access that underpinned the creation of the internet three decades ago are under greater threat than ever, according to Google co-founder Sergey Brin. The threat to the freedom of the internet comes, he claims, from a combination of governments increasingly trying to control access and communication by their citizens, the entertainment industry's attempts to crack down on piracy, and the rise of 'restrictive' walled gardens such as Facebook and Apple, which tightly control what software can be released on their platforms." That governments - east and west - are trying to destroy the open web, that we know. As for Facebook and Apple... Well, all I know is that it is completely and utterly impossible to check what information Apple has about you. Unlike Google (more here) and to a lesser degree Facebook, Apple provides zero means to see, export, or delete the information they have on you, associated with your Apple ID or otherwise. In 2012, that's just sinister.
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RE: It's not just sinister
by bouhko on Mon 16th Apr 2012 12:29 UTC in reply to "It's not just sinister"
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In some countries, it's not only sinister but it's also illegal. For instance in France per law any corporate or institution's database keeping personal data should offer free of charge a way for the person to consult or delete whatever personal information is kept in that database.

That's true, but the law doesn't say anything on how this service should be provided. So maybe someone should try to send a letter to Apple France and see what they do.

Edited 2012-04-16 12:30 UTC

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