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Re: Why is Microsoft watching us watch DVD movies?
From: Konrad Rieck <kr () roqe org>
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2002 10:17:00 +0100

On Sat, Feb 23, 2002 at 04:45:56PM +0200, Just Marc wrote:
 |  In my opinion the above information are not sufficient to generate profiles
 |  about individuals, although they allow the generation of general statistics.
 |  But this is rather normal for a database service. ;)

 It is not normal in this case,  because the database is certainly *not*
needed,  The user knows what DVD is in his drive, the chapters are mapped,
menued and named.   There is absolutely no need for accessing an external

Sorry for interrupting the usual Microsoft rant, but Marc has mixed two
things in his posting and concluding from other mails I got CC'ed, he's not
the only one.

So let's keep things clear...

CDDB is (again) a Compact Disc Database and has nothing to do with DVDs,
Microsoft and the Windows MediaPlayer for XP. CDDB queries _don't_ include a
serial number of the querying player or software library and thus don't
allow associations between requests and individuals. CDDB is a database
service and definitely needs at least one database.

The Microsoft Windows MediaPlayer for XP _does_ send a serial number to a
Microsoft server and therefore Microsoft might be able to do such
associations which have an impact on the user's privacy. There is no need
for the player to send any packets when inserting a DVD.

Just my 0,02 EUR


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