Dear Palm: Please stop tracking me and my Pre use
The Palm Pre has been sending user info to Palm without users' knowledge.
Tell us you're not really doing this, Palm? Really, we've been friends for over a decade. I've defended you when you had bad ideas and praised you when you had good ideas. But this time even I have to give a well earned "What the...?" I mean, you had to know that modern tech users value their privacy over pretty much anything else, and yet it looks like you're doing this?
It looks like you're sending a daily message to yourself from people's Pres without their knowledge. Why? And why would you have it include what apps are installed and, most frightening of all, their GPS coordinates? Why would you want to know exactly where your customers are on a daily basis?
You've made a great product with the Pre, Palm. Please disable this feature. It's a stain on a company that's known for user experience. If you can't disable it, would you at least change your privacy policies to note that if you're a Pre user, you're being spied on? Sure, it says that you'll gather users info when they use a location-based app--like, say, Google maps--but it doesn't say you'll do it whenever you feel like it. I'm hurt.
Honesty is the best policy, and honesty should be in your policy.
UPDATE: Palm sent me the following statement:
Well that certainly clears that up.