Over the past few weeks – following an important-but-barbed talk from Apple CEO Tim Cook – the rhetoric has turned to privacy and security and data and how only products you pay for are good and any sort of free services are inherently bad and basically whore out what’s left of your post-Snowden soul.
It’s an important discussion to have. And one we’ll continue to have. But it’s not one-sided. It’s not binary.
And, actually, it’s interesting to see how the rhetoric has changed recently.
Except that it starts tracking your information before you explicitly allow it. It does this so it can show you what it does, and that seems fairly innocuous, but the fact remains that it has your information from the moment you log into your Google account on the phone. All your “permission” does is allow it to show you what it already knew about you.