Plex backtracks on its plans to block users from opting out of data collection
A short while after the media server software Plex decided that you won’t be able to opt out of data collection anymore due to a security update, it backtracked the whole thing.
The original decision upset Plex users
Users spoke out their revolt about all this on various forums telling the Plex team that they’re not allowed to access such information and that by doing this, they are “making the world a worse place.” More users stated that they would not install the latest update. Others said that they would implement stronger firewall rules to protect their privacy. Users’ revolt made Plex reconsider its decision.
- Future services and features that involve third-party and ad-supported content were supposed to require Plex to collect and share info about that third-party content that users stream.
Plex meant that it would gather usage statistics such as “device type, duration, bit rate, media format, resolution, and media type (music, photos, videos, etc.)” and users were supposed to accept this, lacking the possibility to opt out of the statistics collection.
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