We need to talk about privacy i.e. what data Beeline collects and what it does with it


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    Beeline Team

    Hey Peter,


    Thanks for opening a debate on this on our forum. 'The Great Hack' sounds like a very interesting program.

    I think that it's important to remember that 'The Great Hack' is giving an example at the most extreme end of data use. We are as appalled as anyone at how Cambridge Analytica used and abused the personal data that was available to them.

    To address your points:

    1. We don't sell any data to Facebook, and Facebook will not have your email address unless you have used Facebook to create your Beeline account. If anyone is concerned about this, we would suggest that they not use Facebook login.

    Our engagement with Facebook is limited to ads. We don't target our users with ads as they've already bought a Beeline :). Facebook doesn't buy data (https://www.facebook.com/help/494750870625830) and, even if they did, we wouldn't sell it to them (or Google). Our business is totally viable without doing that.

    2. Re. the "do not track" requests. Most companies don't have the resources to do this and we, still with just 10 hardy souls in our office, are part of that group. It's something that we just can't support at the moment (which is why we have flagged this up in our Privacy Policy).

    Another couple of things that I would like to flag are that the primary use of data in our business is, in an anonymised form, to improve routing for everyone.

    It is necessary that we track geographic data as that is the only way that we can offer navigation, but we are aware of, and compliant with, the legal responsibilities that come with this.

    If, at any point, you would like to delete your Beeline account we can certainly do that for you too.

    I hope that this is helpful and reassuring. Thanks again for raising this; it is an important issue for us all to consider and be educated on.

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