For many people, a list of their news feeds can provide a very personal look into their lives and interests. If you are a political dissident under an oppressive government, gay and not yet out of the closet, undergoing treatment for mental illness – or if for any reason you do not want your reading habits to be known beyond the circle of people you choose to share them with – you should be very cautious about using NewsBlur, or any service that’s not completely upfront about what they will do with your data.
In the future, I hope Samuel will take this issue more seriously and make a real commitment to his users’ privacy.
So, Samuel, how many requests have you gotten from law enforcement or other government agencies for user data?
Also, I’ve had numerous requests for selling user data, and every time I happily say no.
That’s an awesome policy. Why not make it official?
Having an “official” policy wouldn’t stop Samuel (or any future owner) changing it later, so I’m not sure what the point would be. Ultimately it’s a matter of trust either way.
As an aside, a lot of this government stuff seems to forbid complying companies from actually saying they’re doing it; companies have only admitted to it since the leak happened and it became public knowledge.
So again… the policy above is awesome. Why not make it official?
This is something important and a requirement on the Google Play Store.
Please make it official.