Is there a higher bar of native apps? Why or why not?
August 15, 2011 1:05 PM Subscribe
Is gathering application usage data for analytic purposes ethical?
posted by ignignokt to computers & internet (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The gathering of usage statistics
for web applications (and online games
) is established as an activity does not require explicit user permission. People are accustomed to that.
However, native apps on desktops and mobile devices sometimes ask for permission to gather and report usage information. Some apps do gather usage data, but don't ask. Putting aside the factor of a bit of extra bandwidth needed to make the reports, ethically, how are native apps different from web apps and online games?
And what are the cases for asking or not asking for permission when gathering usage data?