Pandora disclosed in an amended filing related to their upcoming $100 million public offering that a US Federal grand jury has requested information regarding how its customer data is used. They do not believe they are the main target since subpoenas were issued to other Android and iOS app developers. Pandora seems to be the least invasive of privacy compared to many other apps out there. Facebook, anyone?
There was an excellent discussion on yesterday's episode of TWiT regarding app privacy policies. Robert Scoble discussed how Color, the photo app famous mostly because of its superstar talent and $41 million venture capital investment, records audio in order to make a wave form audio signature of an event. However, there is no mention of them sneakily turning on your iPhone's mic and uploading audio to their servers.
There is a lot at stake here for companies to gather a wealth of personal information from which to profit. Personally, this is one of the reasons I like supporting smaller app developers who actually charge a bit of money for their efforts. Those personalized Facebook ads are just creepy.
What do you think? Should an app be allowed to turn on your phone's mic and submit audio recordings without your knowledge or consent? Or have we already submitted to the automatic opt-in paradigm that has become so commonplace in social media apps? It certainly makes the CIA's job easier.
It all makes sense now why Facebook isn't being probed.