MoviePass Screws-the-Pooch

Well - damnit - I was wrong... Early last week I made the error in a post on Monday 2018/03/05, in which I managed to this: To Wit, "Easily the most egregiously moronic idea I've heard this month (and it's only 5 days in(!)" ... Well, that declaration has been overshadowed in our Observed-Stupidity-In-Security-And-Privacy-News-Department by a bottom-of-the-sea-deeply-stupid statement uttered by MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe regarding his evidentiary pleasure at tracking users within the company's MoviePass iPhone and Android apps (see below). 'The update comes after CEO Mitch Lowe made comments at the Entertainment Finance Forum in Los Angeles last week, claiming that the company was tracking users’ locations. “We watch how you drive from home to the movies. We watch where you go afterwards,” commented Lowe, according to a report from Media Play News. - via Chaim Gartenberg, writing at The Verge Bravado? Misplaced Confidence? Hairplugs too-tight? Too Much Campari before dinner? I think not, just simple, unmitigated and blatant stupidity... Perhaps a leadership change is in order, eh MoviePass? At least, the company did manage to (allegedly) remove the tracking-bits from the product and resissue the apps in the apropos app stores....
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Mobile Games Surveilling Signals, The Litany

Sapna Maheshwari, reporting at the New York Times, exposes the nefarious surveillance practices of certain miscreant mobile game developers with a sui generis litany of sordid misdoings... '“We have to be really careful as we have more devices capturing more information in living rooms and bedrooms and on the street and in other people’s homes that the public is not blindsided and surprised by things,” said Dave Morgan, the founder and chief executive of Simulmedia, which works with advertisers on targeted TV ads. “It’s not what’s legal. It is what’s not creepy.”' - via Sapna Maheshwari, writing at the New York Times
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