Published On: Tue, Dec 12th, 2017

Netflix reminds everybody it’s creeping on them


This week Netflix trumpeted a users collectively streaming one billion hours of calm weekly in 2017.

Also this week: Netflix reminded a ~110M tellurian subscribers that while they’re profitable to watch a calm accessible on a platform, Netflix is bustling examination what they’re watching…

In this age of online user profiling ad-targeted ubiquitous notice capitalism we competence consider a jesty chatter poking a small gratifying fun would go unremarked.

Or maybe even be taken as a lightsome teaser it was apparently intended.

Oh-ho-ho NO.

The initial order of notice capitalism is we don’t speak about notice capitalism.

The second order of surveillance capitalism is we really don’t speak about notice capitalism if you’re indeed holding cold tough money from users of your product — i.e. not simply charging them around your ability to rinse their likes and dislikes out of their personal information to fuel your ad-targeting engine.

The digital order of ride states that if it’s giveaway you’re a product (so your personal information is a remuneration we are creation for accessing a ‘free’ service).

Whereas online science does not during all primary users of subscription services that their observation habits competence be satisfactory diversion for a few Twitter lolz since someone with a excess of gratifying suggestion operative out of a company’s amicable media multiplication had a poke around in a database and suspicion they’d found something funny.

Stop digging Netflix. Just stop.

Of march even a profitable use like Netflix is going to collect and investigate user information — for all sorts of purposes. Its remoteness policy, that all users have to determine to to use a service, states as much.

Powering particular recommendations around a recommendation engine is only one instance of because it’s useful for Netflix to watch what we watch — so that it can aspect other calm we competence like to see.

But that’s not during all what’s going on here.

Instead Netflix has given us a glance of a really arrogant opinion to remoteness that raises critical questions about how or even either a association boundary worker entrance to user information and individuals’ observation habits.

Even anonymized information — if that’s truly what it was in this case, as a follow adult chatter claims — can be re-identified flattering easily.

In this instance it wouldn’t take most additional information for a 53 people here being publicly mocked by Netflix for their Netflix observation habits to be identified as a expected subjects of gibe by their family or friends, for instance.

Really it’s only a terrible conditions for any business to have created.

Indeed, it brings to mind that time Uber suspicion it was such good fun to post a blog about what it dubbed “rides of glory” — aka one night stands. (And, well, a reduction pronounced about Uber and information remoteness a better.)

Given a 53 Netflix business were also paying Netflix to use a streaming use it’s honestly inexcusable.

We reached out to a association with questions and will refurbish this post with any response.

Digital information has been shown time and again to paint a enticement and a risk. Robust systems for encrypting, storing and provisioning entrance to user information to minimize risk are a really smallest profitable business should be means to expect.

But businesses that wish to equivocate a Netflix-type snafu would do good to also deposit liberally in remoteness recognition training for all employees — to make it extravagantly transparent that being a climb is never cool.

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