It’s getting harder and harder to tell the difference between GCHQ & NSA and companies like Samsung & Google.
Data acquisition is the sole objective for everyone - grab everything you can get away with, then store it just in case you find a profitable use for it. They’re all at it.
The clause may have been put thereÂ by an over enthusiastic legal department to cover their backs just in case, or it may be there for a sinister purpose.Â The problem is we just don’t know what Samsung are doing now, let alone what they intendÂ to do in the future.Â
I wonder if there are similar clauses incorporated into the terms & conditions of Samsung’s phones? The smartphone is the most effective mass surveillance system ever created, yet people still queue all night to buy them.
And the main objective of Google’s Streetview project may have been to map wireless networks, not roads. TheyÂ gathered vast quantities of private network traffic, not just SSIDs, and stored it even after the courts ruled it was breaking the law.