Tivo reports viewing habits.

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  1. Jon Halvorson

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  2. Mike Lang

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    Of course they do...just like their privacy policy said they do. I hope they report every show I watch so we can get the networks to create programs more to my liking. Forget Nielson...let me decide what the networks air. Let them know which commercials I go back and watch and the one's I fly by.
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  3. Jon Halvorson

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    I don't have TIVO, and if I did I this would not bother me either. According the article older user guides did not mention this. Perhaps this is already well known, but if not then after someone finds out about this they might change their viewing habits a little. Like making sure they didn't miss their favorite show to ensure that it gets credit.
     
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    I don't think they've ever been misleading as the article contends. That privacy policy has been posted on their site since they first started selling the things in early '99, and it's also in the user guide. It's been clear to me at least that they are collecting usage data, stripped of personal identifiers, and that I have the option to opt out of even that if I choose.
     
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    You can also opt out and they will not collect this data.
     
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    What the hell do you people watch that you would care who knows it?
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  7. Michael K

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    Argh.
    I've been following this on Slashdot, Plastic, and Kuro5hin... I've never been so annoyed in my life.
    The damn policy is not a secret, has never been a secret, and is not invasive.
    Frankly, whenever the geek/techie/privacy communities get bent of shape about minor stuff like this, it just ruins our image and our cause when important things are afoot. Carnivore, the DCMA, stuff like that is important. This is a non-issue.
    TiVo gathers anonymized, aggregate data. I don't care if TiVo knows I'm the only person in my zip code that doesn't watch Sabado Gigante. On the other hand, the fact that TiVo knows that x amount of people watches [cult show] rather than approximately x (plus or minus y) makes me very happy. Maybe my favorite shows will last longer.
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    TiVo is not saying PaulG watched show X, they are saying someone watched show X. Whats the big deal? I don't know.
     

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