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Give us all your data… you can trust us…

by on Oct.05, 2009, under Whining

So I just saw a tweet from CrackBerry.com announcing Best Buy’s new mIQ sync service for smartphones. Simply put, the service will sync your contacts, text messages, call history, calendar, photos and videos to their servers. If you were to lose your phone, get a new phone, or simply want to get to your phone’s data from the web via a computer, this service will allow you to do so. For free. No strings attached, I’m sure.

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Just sign up now and they’ll start activating accounts next week. Sounds pretty good, right? Nothing could go wrong there. I’m sure they have a bulletproof privacy policy that states how your data will be kept private and will not be shared with partners…or snooped through by Best Buy…etc. Right? Well, how about we just click on that little “Privacy” link at the bottom right.

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Whoops. Evidently that part isn’t complete yet. But don’t let it stop you from signing up! A twitter search on “mIQ” shows a bunch of people talking about how great it sounds and how they are signing up for accounts.  I know they haven’t actually installed an app yet or shared any sensitive data, but don’t tell me most of those people are going to go hunting for that privacy policy before doing so. They’ll install the app, they’ll share their data…privacy policy or no privacy policy.

Come on, people…

Oh, by the way… word is that this software will come pre-installed on supported smartphones purchased from Best Buy.

Update: The privacy policy has now been posted. I haven’t had time to read it yet, but I will. I’ll leave this post up regardless, though, because the point wasn’t so much that mIQ is up to no good… but that people pay zero attention to such things.

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