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       I'm boycotting Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon, and HK Express.
       August 02nd, 2019
(HTML) The following was posted on BoingBoing earlier today
       When airline seatback entertainment systems started to come bundled with
       little webcams, airlines were quick to disavow their usage, promising
       that the cameras were only installed for potential future video-
       conferncing or gaming apps, and not to allow the crew or airline to spy
       on passengers in their seats.
       Enter Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific, the country's flagship airline, which
       has just amended its privacy policy to reveal that it is recording its
       passengers as they fly, as well as gathering data on how individual
       passengers spend time in airport terminals, and even brokered data on
       their use of rivals' hotel and airplane loyalty programs.
       But don't worry, the company promises it will take "commercially
       reasonable" cybersecurity measures to keep all that data from leaking.
       Separately and in unrelated news, Cathay Pacific insists that it was
       using "commerically reasonable" measures when it suffered the fucking
       massive data breach it suffered last year (up to 9.4 million customers
       affected!). So I'm sure it'll be fine.
       > According to a new report from Forbes, the Hong Kong flag carrier has
       > amended its official personal data collection policy to allow the air-
       > line to compile a database with detailed information on passengers’ use
       > of in-flight entertainment systems (IFE) – including, but not limited
       > to, images recorded by seatback cameras, customers’ activities at air-
       > port terminals and even data obtained about membership activity in
       > competing hotel and airline loyalty programs. The airline further says
       > that the collected data will be possessed by the company for “as long
       > as necessary.”
       > The airline is also making clear that its best efforts to protect
       > intimate details about passengers is far from foolproof, calling its
       > cybersecurity measures “commercially reasonable.” In November, company
       > executives were called out by Hong Kong lawmakers who accused the air-
       > line of misleading the public about the seriousness of a massive data
       > breach which may have compromised the personal information of as many
       > as 9.4 million customers.
(HTML) Cathay Pacific: Our Seatback Screens Are Definitely Recording You [Jeff
(HTML) Edwards/Flyertalk]
(HTML) Posted by Cory Doctorow
       11:20 AM Fri Aug 2, 2019
(HTML) Content license: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0
       It's not as-if they fly anywhere which I want to go that isn't covered by
       either Delta or a mainland airline.
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       a small dab of super glue on the camera lenses should take care if the 
       Posted Sat Aug 17 01:14:13 UTC 2019 by
       Probably, but I would recommend using a reversible method to lessen the
       likelihood of being arrested. Stickers come to mind. BTW, many of the
       competitors to CX/KA/UO, such as AA, DL and UA have covered up the 
       cameras on their entertainment system, as they never used them to begin
       with.  CX has had a hard time lately, and they really could show their 
       customers that they are NOT CREEPY by fixing this camera issue.
       Posted Sat Aug 17 21:38:24 UTC 2019 by zcrayfish