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MicroSofty88 t1_isbe55p wrote

I wouldn’t call this “personal data”. It directly relates to your use of the device and impacts user experience. Under this definition the accelerometer in your phone is capturing personal data about how your hands are oriented.


Sleepy_Tortoise t1_isbpybe wrote

The accelerometer is actually sensitive enough to give a lot more data than you think. It can tell some medical info and whether you're sober or drunk when your phone is in your pocket by picking up signals in the way you walk, and some accelerometers are sensitive enough to pick up the sound vibrations of spoken conversations and discern words. This was all in a cyber security research paper and these things were actually done and proven possible. Getting permission from your phone to use this data vs microphone or camera or something more conspicuous is way easier too.


OmNomCakes t1_iscyo9e wrote

Exactly. The light sensitivity on your phone can tell enough to be a major security risk if someone was malicious. The accelerometer would tell people your habits down to creepy levels. But God damn if an avatar in a game makes the faces I do AFTER I choose to turn a setting on myself. XD


vanalla t1_isbh4ls wrote

It's data about how you're using the device. Data that, without your input, would not have been generated.

Based on that definition, it is personal data.

If I held a paintbrush in front of a rotating canvas I bought, the final product would be my intellectual property, because without my input said product wouldn't have existed. The company that made the canvas, the rotating device, or the brush are not entitled to that final product in any way.

The final product in this metaphor would be my facial expressions and eye movements.


Imaginary-Fun-80085 t1_isbw002 wrote

If a watch can tell you if you've been in a car crash, a phones sensors can definitely get more data than you thought it could.