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re: I always feel like these kinds of companies could offer 90% of their service without having to collect nearly the amounts of data they do, especial...

Ben, you are an Entrepreneur yourself. What do you think, if there is a choice between saving money and providing your users extra privacy what would you choose?


I mean, we run a platform which could be centered around data harvesting, but we really don't build around this option. I believe we can be pretty modest about the data we collect and still offer a pretty great, customized experience for the users.

Exactly, I think every company should have a page on their sites to explain how they use users data in as simple language as they can.
On the other hand, We developer should take the initiative to explain normal people on how to protect their privacy. More tools like DuckDuckGo,TrackMeNot should be built by the Dev Community. We developers should be more responsible in choosing free services and should check the privacy term more carefully. Because I believe coding is like a superpower and as uncle ben said

"With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility"

Literally 99% of our code is open source. It would be pretty hard for us to do too much under the hood. Any data on the users can be mapped pretty easily to its purpose within the product. I think a lot of folks in tech really hoard data for the sake of having it "as an asset".

Currently we use some external analytics tools (Google Analytics, etc.), same as most folks. But we're looking to ween our way off of some of these, while adopting others. I'd say most companies just keep adding and adding and adding. I think modesty is key.

Just out of sheer curiosity, what's the ~1% of closed-source code involved with, besides these analytics? Deployment, etc?

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