Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

MoviePass Disables User-Location Tracking From App After Stirring Privacy Concerns

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Frank Williams | 09 March, 2018, 13:36

"We get an enormous amount of information", Lowe said. "We know all about you", were his exact words and that sounded a bit ominous. But people probably won't go beyond the fact that their location data is accessed by the app and that they'll use that data to monetize.

According to the notes about the iOS update released March 7, the new version of the MoviePass app (version 3.0.6) has "removed unused app location capability".

Movie ticket subscription service MoviePass is the latest company to face a backlash over data collection after admitting it's exploring ways to collect private data on its two million-plus users. The tracking didn't involve merely finding the user's location for the sake of verifying a theater, but rather tracking the user before they arrived at the facility and after they left it.

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Lowe indicated to those in attendance that the company is working to use the app to create a 'movie night, ' and the location information could be used to recommend restaurants either before or after the show.

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For $9.95 a month for existing members or $115.35 a year up front for new subscribers, MoviePass entitles card holders to see one movie in a theater every day.

A company spokesperson told CBS News that it doesn't sell the data that it gathers.

Now, just days later, updates have been pushed out for both the MoviePass iOS and Android mobile apps.

The statement finishes by promising, "Our members will always have the option to choose the location-based services that are right for them today and in the future". That data would help it determine potential vendors it can market to its subscribers with discounts and similar things.

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