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Socoder -> Question of the Day -> QOTD : Moral issues

Posted : Tuesday, 16 March 2010, 14:22
Afr0
My sister's birthday party is coming up, so I'm burning out CDs with Afr0 Games games and merch to promote Afr0 Games.
Just wondering... if you make an application 'phone home' for purely statistical purposes (I.E it ticks off a field in a DB saying 'This game has been installed x number of times), is it still spyware?

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Posted : Tuesday, 16 March 2010, 14:48
JL235
If all it's doing is pinging a server to say it's installed then no it's not spywear, and is actually very common in installers. Although you might wanna mention it at the bottom of a readme or something.

Just ensure that if the user offline during installation or there is some network issue then nothing happens (i.e. the installer doesn't crash).

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Posted : Tuesday, 16 March 2010, 15:05
Jayenkai
Be 100% honest. The last thing you want to do is put people off your future products because one thing secretly phoned home.

And don't buy her a machete.

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Posted : Tuesday, 16 March 2010, 15:09
JL235
As long as your not storing any info, if it's just pinging a script online that counts how many times it's installed, then I see no issue at all.

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Posted : Tuesday, 16 March 2010, 15:26
Mog
As long as you're not sending back data, then it's fine. Just give people the option to opt-out of pinging back- some people are super paranoid (even though same idiots are on the web anyways, where things constantly keep track of you)

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Posted : Tuesday, 16 March 2010, 15:29
Afr0
And don't buy her a machete.


She's gotten pretty good at reading, so I'm giving her all 5 books of Marx' 'Capital'. They need to get this sort of stuff in early (she's turning 11).
I'm also giving her a DVD.

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