Tuesday, February 15, 2011

To whom are you confessing?

Many people have been abuzz over the iPhone Confession App which even received approval from the church.

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada isn't ready to give the app their blessing, though:

One of the selling points of the app appears to be the password-protection feature, enabling you to lock out anyone who may try to find out about your sinnin’ ways. But what seems to be missing is what Little iApps, the developer of Confession, will do with the data they collect. According to reports, the app asks users to also provide information on their age, sex and marital status – paired with detailed information on the user’s transgressions, that’s a potentially detailed profile that would be quite attractive to marketers and others.

Details on the collection and use of the user-provided data wasn’t available on Little iApps’ site…so if the developer is collecting and using information without the user knowing, does that mean they’ve broken one of the commandments themselves – “Thou shalt not steal”?

Read their entire blog post entitled ‘Fess up – where does my data go?

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