LAWSUIT: Los Angeles accuses Weather Channel app of secretly mining user data

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/01/04/la-sues-weather-channel.html

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Interesting. I somehow don’t think this is the only app to ever do this. Probably most of them.

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How could this happen?

“Only While Using the App”

Ha! If you display the current weather in a widget on the screen, that’s always.

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Do people in LA need a weather app? I feel like a static website could get pretty high accuracy: 70s and Sunny

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Usually. But sometimes it can get as low as 58 DEGREES!

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Hey! It got into the 40’s at night a few days ago.

Had to break out the extra blanket.

I even had to consider not wearing shorts! (but I did anyway, and just threw on a hoodie)

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I blame Byron Allen.

And mad bees.

Hedge funds somehow never get mentioned in positive light.

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I was using Dark Sky, which apparently does not do this. But I also paid for this app.

one of the reasons i put my phone in airplane mode when not using it - wifi (through vpn) lets me do email and signal, why provide anyone an additional data point if not needed? also it cuts down on the robocalls :smiley:

This is just awful! I only allow Facebook to mine my data.

I’m truly privileged to live in a country that doesn’t allow robocalls. I mean, it’s great for many other reasons, but no spam calls is a big one.

they’re illegal here too we just lack a functioning enforcement agency

COMCAST
They own this channel, and it’s accessories.

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