Tag Archives: Tracking

You should ditch Spotify until it ditches its latest policy

As of September 5 (in the U.S.), in order to keep your Spotify Premium family account, you need to allow the app to track your location, or check-in “from time to time” once again via Google Maps. Spotify says this is required to make sure you’re following silly rule number one outlined above. It also means Spotify wants to check in on you because it assumes you’re being dishonest. That’s not how this should work. That’s not how anything should work. Spotify knows this because it had already tested this “feature” and customer backlash forced it to stop. Jerry Hildenbrand, Android Central » https://ift.tt/2LV3dz4

Nielsen Beefs Up SVOD Ratings, Says NBCU, Disney-ABC, A+E And Five Other Content Players Are On Board

Specifically, that means tracking shows as they play on Netflix. Customers at launch include NBCUniversal, Disney-ABC, A+E Networks, Lionsgate, Warner Bros. Television and three more that Nielsen did not name. The new SVOD metrics will include not just ratings but data points such as reach, frequency and segmentation reporting, elements common for years in the world of linear TV. Streaming on Amazon Prime and Hulu are expected to follow in 2018, but for now the expansion covers Netflix–and, significantly, not on mobile devices. – Dade Hayes, Deadline Hollywood http://dlvr.it/PwJfsc

Proposed Law Would Block Porn in South Carolina, Unless You Pay a $20 Fee

The anti-porn bill, called the Human Trafficking Prevention Act, was pre-filed before the Christmas break and will be considered when the South Carolina legislature returns to session next month. Why is it called the Human Trafficking Prevention Act? Because those $20 fees would go toward funding anti-trafficking efforts. The bill is co-sponsored by Representative Bill Chumley, who told the local news site [Spartanburg Herald-Journal/GoUpstate.com], “If an end user buys an apparatus, a computer, and they want access to that, they would have to pay to have that filter removed.” – Matt Novak, Gizmodo http://gizmo.do/U3lw1Cm

Nielsen Plays Catch-Up as Streaming Era Wreaks Havoc on TV Raters

Now, new rivals seeking to challenge Nielsen’s dominance have emerged. The latest came on Monday, when comScore, Inc. and Rentrak announced they were united after the closing of their merger. ComScore, founded in 1999, has expertise in measuring the use of digital media, while Rentrak uses data from set-top boxes to measure what people watch on television. Combined, the companies are seeking to measure audiences across screens — mobile, desktop, television and more. – Emily Steel, The New York Times

Witness launches a live-streaming app that’s a panic button for the mobile age

photo: Witness

Witness, the live-streaming app that serves as a panic button for the mobile age, debuted earlier this year at the TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2015 Hackathon, where it eventually went on to win the grand prize. Now the app is live in the App Store for the public to try, allowing users to broadcast their location, audio and video to a pre-defined set of emergency contacts. – Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

Man who owns a smart TV says he’s ‘afraid’ of using it after reading its privacy policy

“The only problem is that I’m now afraid to use it. You would be too — if you read through the 46-page privacy policy,” [Michael Price,Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law] wrote. “The amount of data this thing collects is staggering. It logs where, when, how, and for how long you use the TV. It sets tracking cookies and beacons designed to detect ‘when you have viewed particular content or a particular email message.’ It records ‘the apps you use, the websites you visit, and how you interact with content.’ It ignores ‘do-not-track’ requests as a considered matter of policy.” […] “I do not doubt that this data is important to providing customized content and convenience, but it is also incredibly personal, constitutionally protected information that should not be for sale to advertisers and should require a warrant for law enforcement to access,” Price said, further quoting former CIA chief General David Petraeus who once said the agency will be able to “spy on you through your dishwasher.” – Chris Smith,BGR
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