First to press was ZDNet, highlighting wording that purports to disclaim responsibility for data breaches. This was followed by a letter (PDF) to the company from Senator Al Franken, demanding more detailed disclosures on what information Oculus collects from users and what it does with that data.
All in all, this is a timely reminder of the PR implications of privacy policies, especially for high profile businesses. In jurisdictions like New Zealand, it is also an open question as to whether disclaimers of the kind highlighted above might attract attention from regulators under unfair contract terms legislation.
Link: ZDNet | TechCrunch
In EPIC’s complaint, it says “Uber’s collection of user’s information far exceeds what customers expect from the transportation service. Users would not expect the company to collect location information when customers are not actively using the app.”
Link (USA Today): Privacy group asks US FTC to investigate Uber
Link: Google undertaking to ICO