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


#1

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


#2

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


#3

How could this happen?


#4

“Only While Using the App”

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


#5

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


#6

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


#7

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)


#8

LA%20Story__Martin__And%20now%20the%20weather%20report_smaller%204%20GB


#9

#10

I blame Byron Allen.


#11

And mad bees.


#12

Hedge funds somehow never get mentioned in positive light.


#13

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:


#14

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


#15

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.


#16

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


#17

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


#18

This topic was automatically closed after 5 days. New replies are no longer allowed.