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+ - iTunes license is a license for spyware?

Submitted by aschoeff
aschoeff writes: Apple just released a new version of iTunes recently, so I finally got around to letting OSX do the update. Normally I neglect to read the click-throughs, but I was curious and decided to give it a once-over.

Section 4 bothers me. My interpretation is that iTunes users agree to allow Apple and its subsidiaries to collect any and all information they choose from your computer via any mechanism they wish. The last sentence of the section specifies that "Apple may use this information, as long as it is in a form that does not personally identify you," but all the preceding text doesn't read in such a way as to be explicitly limited by this statement.

If indeed the passage is cleverly worded to make it seem innocuous, but in reality enables such expansive and breathtaking surrender of privacy, Apple shows clear knowledge of and intent to mislead and manipulate. As we all know, that's exactly the tactic that known spyware takes. Therefore, is iTunes spyware?

Section 4 is reproduced in its entirety below. Take a look at it.

4. Consent to Use of Data. You agree that Apple and its subsidiaries may collect and use technical and related information, including but not limited to technical information about your computer, system and application software, and peripherals, that is gathered periodically to facilitate the provision of software updates, product support and other services to you (if any) related to the Apple Software and to verify compliance with the terms of this License. Apple may use this information, as long as it is in a form that does not personally identify you, to improve our products or to provide services or technologies to you.

Comparing information and knowledge is like asking whether the fatness of a pig is more or less green than the designated hitter rule." -- David Guaspari