Pre Phones Home – Tells Palm Where it Is


News emerged last night that Palm’s smartphone, the Pre might well be sending a little more than most of its users are aware back to home base. One of the details that has people really flummoxed is the news that the Pre reports its location to Palm daily.


While everyone has been focussing on the fact that Palm has been receiving information about their locations and how strange that is, for us the most interesting (and certainly more unnerving) news is that Palm has also been receiving updates on how long its users have spent with each application running. While it makes a lot of sense to report crash details to Palm, the amount of time spent using individual apps is a little more dubious.

For now, Palm’s response has been fairly tame, issuing a statement to say that, “Our policy is like many policies in the industry and includes very detailed language about potential scenarios in which we might use a customer’s information, all toward a goal of offering a great user experience.” It’s interesting how evil that sounds if you forget to say, “all toward a goal of offering a great user experience.

Regardless, anyone who owns a Pre has already signed up to an EULA that basically allows Palm to take all kinds of data from your device.

You can read an awful lot more about the Pre and it’s strange uploads over at the BBC, here.


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