i assume you have read - https://sense.com/privacy.html
Its one of the best “plain english” policy’s I’ve read.
But to your point, if they are acquired, then what.
I by no means have given up on privacy, but at the same time I do sort of wonder what choice we actually have.
I think the issue with Privacy these days is that unfortunately, our data is so valuable, no one, or very few people, would actually be willing to pay what it costs to buy your privacy. I read an article yesterday about home insurance paying up to $200 for a click through on an advertisement because conversion is roughly 40% of click through to purchasing a policy.
People often talk about an Ad free Facebook, or Hulu. The problem is, they are making so much money off of our data that they will never do it. I know there is a push for more disclosure and opt in when you sign up for a service and I think that is great. but then I also think that you will get services who won’t let you sign up unless you opt-in. So you now have a clearer idea of who they are selling your data too, but you still have to allow that data if you want the service.
So for now, I think our data is in good hands with Sense. If they are eventually acquired by Amazon or Google, or honestly, at the moment I’m looking at Schneider Electric, we as users will have to make a decision. Do we trust the company they are being acquired by enough to keep the service? Or do we ditch the box and ask them to scrub our data before the asquission.
Is is unfortunate that it comes down to it, but it is the reality of capitalism. The companies make products to make money. Even if they made a product because they want to improve people’s lives and not to make money and just to break even, they still have to make money. Often, by allowing the company to make money, they can then help more people, therefore furthering the original purpose of the company.