Knowledge Troll writes:
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?
I've met plenty of people who do want some amount of tailored experience, and no they're not idiots. They realize there is tracking and surveillance, but (to my extreme frustration) throw up their hands and say "I just expect that and adjust my expectations accordingly".
I'm not calling anyone an idiot, all I'm saying is that I've never met anyone who expects any of this.
Seems we know different kinds of people then.
I was heading off what I saw as the inevitable "well they're just dumb" reply from anyone. The best compromise I've heard of is letting users tailor their own ad topics or user experience. Stalking users to determine the profile is creepy and wrong.