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posted by cmn32480 on Saturday July 23 2016, @08:19AM   Printer-friendly
from the camera+GPS=knowing-most-everything dept.

This data-mining game is what they call totalitarianism is how Oliver Stone described Pokémon Go at Comic Con. Earlier in the month Al Franken also expressed some concern asking the creator of the game about privacy, data sharing, and account access.

More from Stone:

They're data-mining every person in this room for information as to what you're buying, what you like, and above all, your behaviour. Pokémon Go kicks into that. But this is everywhere. It's what some people call surveillance capitalism. It's the newest stage. It's not for profit in the beginning, but it becomes for profit in the end.

It manipulates your behaviour. It has happened already quite a bit on the Internet, but you'll see it everywhere—you'll see a new form of, frankly, a robot society, where they will know how you want to behave and they will make the mockup that matches how you behave and feed you. It's what they call totalitarianism.

Personally I gave up my smart phone more than two years ago because I did not want a spy machine in my pocket; I've never played Pokémon Go but it seemed like a great way for the game creators to get people to run around and point the players camera at what ever they want, obtain other location based data, or focus players into businesses that pay for the privilege. Perhaps I just need to adjust my tinfoil hat but what do the 'lentils think? Is Stone just trying to plug his new movie or is this a legitimate concern?


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  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by cockroach on Saturday July 23 2016, @11:07AM

    by cockroach (2266) on Saturday July 23 2016, @11:07AM (#379007)

    So are you trying to say that we shouldn't question these things and that we shouldn't inform people about the dangers of giving away all their personal data?

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  • (Score: 2) by darkfeline on Saturday July 23 2016, @10:51PM

    by darkfeline (1030) on Saturday July 23 2016, @10:51PM (#379199) Homepage

    I'm guessing he's saying something along the lines of, don't optimize prematurely.

    Sure, it makes sense to avoid smartphones if you want to avoid tracking, but do you also use a credit card? Oops, you're trackable anyway. Do you enable any JavaScript at all? Oops, your browser is fingerprintable. Internet? Oops, you're in PRISM.

    Privacy is only as good as the weakest link, and for most people, that link is weaker than they think. Heck, simply visiting this site, over HTTPS, can be analyzed by machine learning and fingerprint you via IP and the frequency patterns of your requests to SN (for example, are you a poster or a lurker?) and other requests originating from your IP.

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    • (Score: 2) by cockroach on Saturday July 23 2016, @11:51PM

      by cockroach (2266) on Saturday July 23 2016, @11:51PM (#379222)

      You are of course right, it is pretty much impossible to do anything these days without being tracked, or at least being trackable.

      Still, I think that there is a bit of a difference between "the man" having tools to track you down, and people just giving away their personal data to anyone who offers a bit of entertainment in return. In the end it is everyone's personal decision how much they want to try and fight the mostly inevitable; warning people about what they are getting themselves into seems like a reasonable thing though. Even if only to be in a position for a good old I told you so.

    • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 24 2016, @08:38AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 24 2016, @08:38AM (#379337)

      There are degrees of privacy. Don't let perfect be the enemy of good. Just because you're being tracked in some ways doesn't mean you should hand over other information on a silver platter.

      Personally, I don't have a cellphone, and I don't use a credit card unless it's for something where my name would inevitably be known anyway. I pay with cash and generally do not allow JavaScript (not all of it is for tracking).