Posted: 6:00 a.m. Thursday, July 4, 2013
By Clark Howard
Are you reading the terms and conditions of apps you download to your smartphone? If not, you could be in for a big surprise from some well-known behemoths of the tech world.
A recent caller brought to my attention some funny business going on with Microsoft when you download their Bing app to your phone. In downloading the app, you agree to let Microsoft:
What is Bill Gates thinking? Isn't he rich enough that he doesn't need the money?! But he's not alone in crossing the privacy line. Let's talk about Google. If you have Google Search on your phone, you agree to let Google:
Facebook's app, meanwhile, can remotely start taking pictures and videos with your phone, and basically use the camera at any time without your permission.
What are the lawyers for these 3 giant companies thinking? We're told to be scared of the little guy app developers when it comes to privacy, but this is happening with the behemoths!