Smart devices: an intrusion on our privacy?
Tesla has a clause in its terms and conditions in which it states that it can track your every movement while driving a Tesla and that opting out of this can cause usability issues.
Rob Heyman unequivocally calls this 'blackmail'. "It's a dishonest interpretation of the term 'informed consent'", he says.
The user is supposed to be well informed beforehand and should then - based on this information - be able to make a decision on weither or not he agrees with what will happen with the data about him. "Here he doesn't get a free choice, because refusing causes loss in functionality.", Heyman states.
In a previous article we stressed the impact connected devices would have in the future, but we should never lose track of the problems they might cause.
This problem isn't limited to just Tesla. There is a clear case to be made for more transparency: "You should be able to see what these 'smart machines' know about you in real-time, so you can adjust the data stream. But I'm afraid the industry won't be to keen on this", Heyman concludes.
The article appeared in De Standaard of Feb 11 (subscription only).