Playing Hide and Seek with the Palm Pre

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Playing Hide and Seek with the Palm Pre
We know all of the wonderful things that the Palm Pre can do. One thing that we are just finding out now is that the device makes a great spy. Without consent from Pre owners, the handset is sending back to Palm information such as the apps you have purchased, which apps have stopped working, and in the worst case, it is sending back your whereabouts to the manufacturer.

In response, the maker of the Pre issued a comment saying, "Palm takes privacy very seriously, and offers users ways to turn datacollecting services on and off. Our privacy policy is like manypolicies in the industry and includes very detailed language aboutpotential scenarios in which we might use a customer's information, alltoward a goal of offering a great user experience. For instance, whenlocation based services are used, we collect their information to givethem relevant local results in Google Maps. We appreciate the trustthat users give us with their information, and have no intention toviolate that trust." Ok, Palm, now that you are telling us to trust you, tell us again how to disable the tracking mechanism on the phone? We...ahem...seemed to have missed your instructions the first time you told us.

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1. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

When you activate a windows phone microsoft asks you if you would like to participate in the anonymous information and error sending... I always say yes becuase I am not doing anything illegal, I don't do drugs, and it helps better the product... Why do grocery storres have the "club/discount cards" they want to track your purchasing habits... not to STALK YOU! But to better anticiapate your spending habits, where you shop, what items you tend to buy... That way they can store those items in the time intervals you tend to shop at the places you shop when you need them... This makes it cheaper for them to provide you goods because there is less waste, less time in a wearhouse. Palm and Windows do the same thing... if you are that paranoid stop smoking so much weed and get a life. OR!!!! Better yet just disable the service or say "NO" to the option to collect information... SHOCKING HOW EASY IT IS!

3. bronxbomber

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 10, 2009


4. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I think most people have a problem with it reporting your location more than any thing else. I want the phone to send them crash reports ect. When you activate the phone you get the screen in the link below. No one ever reads the fine print but most will check the box to allow location info to be sent. Also go to "Location Services" in the Launcher and the last one is "Background Data Collection" and you can toggle it on or off...problem solved! I have nothing to hide and if the FBI is tracking you down you've got bigger issues anyway. All they need is a subpoena and the carrier will give up the info anyways. k-hel/

2. omegaman888

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 25, 2008 true

5. theman10

Posts: 93; Member since: May 16, 2009

I hate it when people rag on Phonearena, but I guess I'm jumping on the bandwagon. This is the dumbest article that I have ever waisted my time reading.

8. Hotzb22

Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 30, 2009

how most people didnt know the pre was doing that

6. vasser7 unregistered

I'm a rep for a multiple carrier store- when we activate the Pre's there a very detailed startup we have to do with the customer with about two or three seperate TOS screens and its has all the information about data gathering and location reporting to Google. The customer has to agree to it or disable the function on the phone. So the customers are told and are given the option to disable those things. Maybe some stores don't do the startup properly with their customers, but the software pretty much tells you exactly what this article is complaining about.

7. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

You all should check the hyperbole going on @ bgr over this very same topic, that site is full of people that hate Sprint, Palm and apparently Obama

9. AZNphoneGeek

Posts: 200; Member since: May 15, 2009

Phonearena... when you activate a palm pre, it asks you if you want to enable autolocate and allow your GPS to be used for location based services. if you're not a complete moron, you can't miss this because you can't get past this screen unless you select yes or no. to top this off, why are you feeding people fule to this stupid fire. you're implying it's very big-brother-ish. i doubt 99.999% of these insignificant pre users out there make a difference where they're at. are they that important? probably not. i have a PRE, so find me hahaha

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