This was commented on by the TODAY Show back in 2015 for goodness sake... https://www.today.com/money/your-smartphone-may-be-tracking-your-every-move-t17056
Companies track people because they improve their bottom line by selling data and any smartphone user is data to them...
Why do you think cookies are on every site you visit...they are gathering metrics on you
Go to Amazon/Home Depot/et al...look at an electric chain saw...I guarantee there will be ads for electric chain saws when you visit other web sites...sometimes within the hour...
Thanks, this has distracted from my original question. So, to get this back on track:
1) "Does Remotelink or MyChevrolet app share information with others"? I guess the better way to put it would have been:
"Does OnStar in general (whether in association with the phone apps or otherwise) shares information with others?"
It's a fairly simple question. If the answer is "yes" it won't cause me to have a cow, but I'd like to see if I can get a clear answer.
2) As to going on about how everyone knows that many apps track our information and share it, and that the rationale is that they are monetizing, yes, I know this for many years now. I'm sure most of us do. Your comments do not seem to me to reflect that you have reflected on the additional points that I (and some of the articles) make that
- it is questionable whether some of the app makers are being honest in offering opt-outs (whether of location tracking or information sharing, I'm not sure generally whether the opt-outs offer just location tracking opt-out or information-sharing opt-outs).
- the level of invasiveness of the apps may go well beyond what many users realize. In some cases this may feed into whether it is realistic to being able to opt out consistently, even if they present as though it is.
- I'm not certain, but from one or two articles I read recently, there is some question as to whether the phone makers themselves (regardless of added apps) are being honest about tracking or opt-outs.
Even with all that said, yes, it does seem possible on my iphone to have some decent control over this, and I personally don't care that much about trying to opt out of every little thing, or about whether OnStar tracks my app use. However, it does seem (to me) worthwhile as a matter of principle to ask questions as time permits and generally maintain some sense of the confusing array of things I have or have not agreed.