Whether a user chooses to OPT IN or OPT OUT your data is being collected.
I believe what Canonical or Microsoft tell me. OH Hell No !
And if you think that these companies are going to risk what would be put at risk by doing illegal data collection of personal data then you are naive.
There's a reason they have massive legal departments and make huge efforts to comply with the laws in the venues where they do business.
In addition, do you really think they would not be caught out in the IT community? The paranoid wing is always trying to find evidence of what they consider nefarious. If that "what they consider nefarious" is considered the same under the law there is no company in the world that wants that kind of exposure. We have recent examples (not data collection related) of two European auto makers who've found out just how foolish it is to try violating the law via software selectively disabling emissions controls.
I know these corporations have massive legal departments to cover themselves to collect data regardless of my decision to "Opt In / Opt Out" and by whatever means needed to do so.
The "Opt In / Opt Out" is only a pacifier for those who need to have one.
I don't like it and I don't agree with it.
Big corporations know how to cover themselves.
Unknown data collection has been happening for ages.
Edited by The-Toolman, 13 June 2018 - 11:19 AM.