> to protect your privacy by rejecting an advertising-based business model, our company Edison Software, measures e-commerce through a technology that automatically recognizes commercial emails and extracts anonymous purchase information from them
: https://medium.com/changing-communications/a-reminder-of-how... (non-Medium: https://outline.com/7K3TAL)
But to play devil's advocate, some ads do actually invade your privacy because they come from malicious malvertisers. If they are actually treating the purchase price information 100% anonymously (never linking it to PII), then there's an argument that they're protecting your privacy by doing this.
Or they could just run an ad platform that blocks malvertisements...
There is no privacy benefit here because you'd have even better privacy protections if they didn't trawl through your emails and extract data from them in the first place.
In terms of privacy and respecting the users, the state of software today is deplorable.
Safety? Web is about as safe as it gets. It's one thing to spy on users but it's a whole another thing for Tencent to masquerade under the name of safety to cheat users into downloading what could quite possibly be spyware. That's not only spying but also spreading false information about computer security to the masses.
I strongly prefer native apps over web apps because I can firewall off native apps. I can't do the same for web apps.
I was referring to the WeChat web app vs. the WeChat Mac/Windows app; the web version has no access to your filesystem, but they are not allowing people to use it anymore. The Mac/Windows versions could theoretically read any files on your system, spy on your clipboard, portscan your private LAN, scan Wi-Fi networks, and lots of other nasty things that the web version cannot.
True, but in terms of privacy, that doesn't matter if the app can't communicate out.
I agree with you for purely offline tools such as Inkscape/GIMP/etc. though.
True. Apps that must communicate out in order to do their jobs are a different category.
No doubt this is a data-mining platform marketed to conference organizers who probably don't have much of a clue what the real value add is for the app creator.
I have strongly encouraged them to not install the 'app'.
Google Admits: Third-Party Apps Can Still Access Your Gmail Data
Whoever installs this app consents to sharing the information of their contacts, who might not consent to having their data shared.
Ultimately, this could lead to giving disposable contact details to friends and relatives, in order to (try to) preserve one's privacy.
If a hacker gained access to my Gmail access tokens, they're a password reset link away from taking over most of my other online accounts and probably more than a few banking accounts. And then deleting the password reset emails.
Having worked for large and small companies (including ones that handle emails), security is always second (or third) compared to other business priorities. It takes a large effort to make sure everything is locked down and most companies don't have the skills, resources, and commitment to properly secure everything even if they nominally claim that security is important.
As a result, I gave up bothering to read them unless they're one or two paragraphs long. I simply assume they say what 90% of them really say: they can take any data they like, do whatever they like with it, and they can unilaterally change the agreement any time they want.
Are there really no good open source email clients on iphones?
Also, there's no way to change your default mail client, so that makes it somewhat less likely that we'd see someone develop one of these.
I asked about a similar problem  on a "Who's Hiring" last week to a YC-funded company and dang was quick to detach that comment, as it was off-topic for the context of the thread.