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Old 08-05-2015, 12:31 PM   #32
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Originally Posted by Calenorn View Post
And, really, why wouldn't a vendor collect such data 'willy nilly,' if they could? What's to stop them if individuals don't opt out?
Well, there's this (taken from the comment section, but written by the author of the article in the OP):

"The technology has been and continuous to be used exclusively in Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) and complimentary review copies, but instead of being asked to write a review, the recipient of the free book is asked to share their reading data.

The volunteer gets a free ebook in exchange for promising to share their data (though they cannot be forced to share that data and their active participation sis till require or the data remains locked up in the reading app)."


In the end, I'm not pro-being spied on. But then I do use Facebook, GoodReads, Amazon, Gmail and a cell phone. Those things pump out way more personal information than what has been implied to be collected by this thing.

A voluntary bit of javascript in a free advance readers copy that has to be activated manually feels pretty small-fry.
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