Palm Pre's Big Brother-ish Secrets Revealed
webOS also reports back crash log information to Palm. Of course, many PCs and smartphones do this as well. It would surprise us if you have never seen a request to send crash data to Microsoft on Windows or Windows Mobile. Thing is, in those cases, you usually get some sort of prompt asking if you want to send the collected data, or not.
Honestly, it's transparency that's lacking here. People tend to forget all information silently sent along as you browse the Web. As an example, let's not forget that in 2008, when addressing a lawsuit over Google Street View, the company said that "complete privacy no longer exists."
In fact, if the crash data helps Palm improve webOS, we're all for it, as long as:
a) Palm anonymizes the data
b) Palm offers a way to opt out
Here's what Palm said in a statement: