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Stephen Downes

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This has been in the news here over the last few days: "A set of smart vending machines at the University of Waterloo is expected to be removed from campus after students raised privacy concerns about their software." The story in CTV News, to my mind, downplays the concerns. But it should be recognized that corporations have been surveilling their customers for quite some time, which these vending machines being only the latest example. I'm not sure whether what they did it legal, but I'm not sure the companies behind it care. The law doesn't work the same in the corporate world.

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