sábado, 30 de abril de 2011
Phoning Home, Spying, and Individual Rights: Where Are We Going?
As I'm currently extremely busy, I'll just make a quick post about something I read that struck me:
I read an article about tracking technologies in a CAD trial software that let vendors contact a person to demand US$10,000 in licensing fees plus recurring maintenance fees or face a $150,000 lawsuit.
That led to the victim suing the vendors because he was not told he would be tracked.
While I think companies have the right to protect their privative software, the question is if companies can extend DRMs (Digital Rights Management) that far. Is it ethical and legal to track users without letting them know about it?
According to the article, companies could save themselves by stating in the EULAs (yes, the contracts that Windows users seldom read!) their intention to track users. That means companies will have the right to make software with malware imbedded! Isn't it great? I wonder how that will fit in Microsoft's plan to remove from the Web computers infected with malware...
Wow! It seems that the post I made some time ago about Science Non-Fiction was not so far off the mark!