Adobe is Caught Spying, Explains Side

Adobe Technote today issued a TechNote to explain its side on the uproar created after it was found that Adobe CS3 applications were making surreptitious calls to an obscure site, * (even the ‘O’ can be confusingly misconstrued as zero), whenever they are started.

Adobe lamely explains, “These tracking calls specify only the time the call was made, the Adobe software that made the call, and the version of the software making the call. Site visits are tracked in this manner to provide anonymous data that helps Adobe improve site functionality and provide content that better meets customer needs.”

Yes, but you did not ask for the user’s permission, for crying out loud! The way the calls were made were sneaky and Adobe did not even have the good manners to ask, “May I please spy on your computer? Is it okay to send data from your computer to some computer out there with a confusing name?”

Down, boy, down! Here’s a finger to you!


Published by Chris Malinao

Chris teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. He also teaches smartphone photography.