Could You Just Stop Watching Please?


It seems these days, if a crime is common enough, and done repetitively enough that you just get tired of fighting it, it soon becomes commonplace and acceptable.
When did we ever ask for any large entity to spy on us by default?

Yet that is what we have come to expect from the likes of Google, FaceBook, Apple. Yes there is short term gain in selling your privacy as a commodity, but in the long term, won’t this type of behavior foster mistrust?

Just the latest in what we have come to expect from a company that has not ethics.

Spotlight: Privacy Advocates Furious As Apple Feature Siphons Off Location Data of Yosemite And iOS 8 Users

Though the fix is quick and easy for users, onlookers are perturbed Apple is taking people’s information by default. “I am incredibly disappointed to see this type of behavior from Apple. Instead of pushing for stronger privacy protections for OS X users, the company seems to have taken a different path by tracking as many users as possible,” said Runa Sandvik , technical advisor to the Freedom of the Press Foundation and Forbes contributor, over email. “This is a problem for anyone using OS X Yosemite. By default, any term you search for in Spotlight is sent to Apple and friends (friends get the terms, but no personally identifiable information). Imagine a scenario in which you are working on a story on your laptop; when you search through your files for documents you have that are related to this story, the search terms are also shared with Apple.”

But.. who cares about that innocuous increasingly nosy eye in the sky right? I do. STOP WATCHING ME! I don’t need a reason do I? I just don’t like it see? It’s rude. It’s impolite. It’s annoying. It makes me feel uncomfortable. It makes me feel that I have no freedom of thought. It makes me feel violated. I don’t like unwittingly participating in something I never really signed up for. I’m just supposed be a good corporate citizen and accept this?

Just a fact of life now. Unless you buy from a company that still has integrity. So I make choices. BlackBerry is one.


I am a long time BlackBerry user and fan. Beginning with the 7520, I have recognized the value of subtle productivity enhancements in BlackBerry devices for business communication and have never since strayed. Even when the iPhone took the market by storm, I was unimpressed, because it did nothing to help my business needs. Currently enjoying my one handed dream phone, the Classic! BB10 with a toolbelt! Today I contribute to UTB whenever I feel that I can help enlighten someone on the benefits of using BlackBerry over any other platform.