Samsung seeks to collect user data from its handsets for new "Context" service

Samsung seeks to collect user data from its handsets for new
A published report on Tuesday states that Samsung is seeking to collect user data from its phones. The idea is to allow third party services to send out targeted features to mobile users, based on things they like. Other companies, like Google and Facebook, collect information in order to serve up targeted ads. Samsung is believed to be collecting information in order to improve the app experience of its users.

The information being collected by the Korean tech titan would be the words users type, the apps that they use, and the data being collected by the phone's sensors. The service is being called "Context". As an example, someone constantly searching for sports related apps might automatically receive from a video service, taped highlights of LeBron James' last game. So far, there is a disagreement inside Samsung as to whether the service will sell more phones. This has kept Samsung from rolling out the service.

It's possible that "Context" never sees the light of day, or appears in a watered down fashion. Gathering information from phone users remains a touchy subject in light of the NSA scandal.

source: TheInformation via TheVerge, BGR

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12 Comments

1. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

more like its called selling info for money

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Not unlike what Google has been doing for quite some time. If there is the ability to easily opt-out, I don't see any harm - some people like to get targeted ads. But if it is mandatory, I suspect Sammy will see some lost sales.

6. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Agreed but with Google its an ecosystem that we all know that it is being done but the experience is totally different with Google now, and search I bet. Context will be just as invasive as AOL was in the beginning I bet.

2. GeekMovement unregistered

Nope, not for me!

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I too would pass. I am curious whether Sammy will provide the ability to opt-out? If no opt-out, I am definitely not in the market for Sammy toys.

5. hurrycanger

Posts: 1775; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

I don't enjoy having my internet usage being tracked, but I kinda see the benefits in this. A lot of times, I see ads that are optimized for me. But well, Google is already doing that. I'm not so sure what extra stuff this Context service can bring.

7. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Why Samsung? Don't I pay you much for your overpriced phones? You want to snoop in my phone now, invade my life, be hateted like google, microsoft, nsa? You want to play big brother too? Are you idiots? Enough with you people.

9. neops

Posts: 297; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

well said

10. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Samsung: "Eh, we dun give a shiet, becuz we have yo momma's money. Big Sam Daddy is rich, b*tches!

11. hurrycanger

Posts: 1775; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

speaking about the lucky 10 year old kid with the Note 3... lol

8. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

they could have just asked the NSA

12. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Asking too much from its users. Samsung is stepping on toes like a drunk prom queen.

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