I’m not sure my point is that this happens and we should all be scared (though it does happen, and maybe we should all be scared). I think my point is to ask whether there’s anything we should be doing about it. If this data were being captured for an ethical purpose or by a trusted party - or if Apple weren’t trying to make a name for itself as pro-privacy - would we hear about it? Would we let it happen?
The audacity of the limitations of our own information are relevant here. There’s no way this story got 100% of all perpetrators of such practice. You know how data breaches are now so common they don’t even get covered unless they’re massive or a triple-AAA brand name is involved, and how as a result we can all just resign ourself to the idea that someone has our email addresses and passwords, we just don’t know it yet?
They same is 100% true for data analysis.
Someone out there someone is tracking or has tracked me (the way Apple is preventing these apps from tracking me going forwards). Shall we all simply collectively agree to pretend that’s not happening?