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Re: Cool new android app
Originally Posted by canucksailorguy
True enough Donna - but in order to play in most of these games, you have to pay, and the cost is information about yourself. My newspaper used to have a very significant database on its readers, pre-2000, which we were able to use to target readers for advertisers in a very specific manner. In fact, I'm not entirely certain that what we did then would be legal today.
I'm very aware of what can be done with these things, and would hesitate for that reason alone to involve myself.
I think it's fairly obvious that if you're using an app that gives you personal information about a bunch of other boats, that when other people use the same app they will get information about your boat. It's your choice whether the benefit outweighs the loss of privacy. I see no sign of trickery here.
Rick S., Swarthmore, PA
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