T.Rob on the Samsung AdHub Privacy Policy – Have We Reached a Privacy Waterloo?

iopt-logoOne of my favorite bloggers in the Internet identity/security/privacy/personal data space, T.Rob Wyatt, just posted an expose of what the Samsung privacy policy really means when it comes to using Samsung devices and their integrated AdHub advertising network.

I can tell you right now: I’ll never buy a Samsung smart-ANYTHING until that policy is changed. Full stop.

If every prospective Samsung customer does the same thing—and tells Samsung this right out loud, like I’m doing right now—then we’d finally see some of these policies changing.

Because it would finally hit them in the pocketbook.


About Drummond Reed

Internet entrepreneur in identity, personal data, and governance frameworks
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2 Responses to T.Rob on the Samsung AdHub Privacy Policy – Have We Reached a Privacy Waterloo?

  1. Thanks for the kind words, Drummond. And to clarify from your headline, it’s not just the policy I was ranting about and this is not a theoretical scenario based on an interpretation of that policy. My post was precipitated by reports that the behavior I described is *actually* *happening* today.

    Samsung building the framework to inject ads into your private content wasn’t an accident. Their turning it on before they were ready to deploy it in a controlled roll-out was. DLNA was supposed to provide interop between multimedia devices over the network and there are now more than 25,000 DLNA certified models of device. Samsung is trying to turn that installed base into a revenue-generating platform for them by charging advertisers to inject their ads into your content, including user-generated content, viewed on your devices, running in your home and they will use DMCA anti-circumvention, copyright law, patent law, contract law, tort law and anything else they can find to ensure it sticks.

    But this is our in-home private networks to which they are laying claim. Something over which we have sovereignty, and rightly so. It should be easy to defend and disproportionately difficult to take from us. Samsung can only win this fight if we sit back and let them.

    Each of us must decide:
    It’s my network.
    It’s my content.
    It’s my device.
    It’s my decision.
    Do I take a stand or do I take a knee?

    • T.Rob, I cannot possibly agree more. I love your closing stanza. “Do I stand or do I take a knee?”. I know what I’m doing in this case—I’m shouting from the rooftops.

      Thanks for the call to action.

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