What you need to know
- A software engineer claims that Wacom tablets log every Mac app you open, sending the data to Google Analytics.
- Specifically, he was drawn to a section that said it would send "aggregate usage data, technical session information and information about [my] hardware device" to Google Analytics.
A software engineer has discovered that Wacom tablets log every Mac app you open, sending the information to Google Analytics.
That's according to Robert Heaton. Over on his blog he wrote:
After some investigation he was able to figure out exactly what data Wacom was recording and sending off to Google Analytics, with some surprising results:
In conclusion, he said:
We've reached out to Wacom regarding this. But as Heaton alludes to in his piece, instances like this don't always happen by design and aren't necessarily evidence of malpractice on Wacom's part. It could well be that they were unaware of this, or indeed the extent of the data being collected and sent to Google Analytics.
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Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9