snydeq writes "Deep End's Paul Venezia questions whether Cisco can ever be trusted again in the wake of its automatic Linksys firmware update that forced customers to create Cloud Connect accounts and agree to have their browser histories tracked. 'In the intervening days since the discovery of this disgusting display of corporate thuggery, Cisco has backtracked. The company promises to modify the terms of service to remove some of the more egregious language, but as ExtremeTech points out, that doesn't matter — Cisco can still update those terms at any time. Cisco has also provided a way to downgrade affected devices, but that leaves users without an upgrade path in the future. It's actions like this that make open source solutions all the more attractive,' Venezia writes. 'These cases highlight the lag between regulation and technology. Prior to the past decade or so, the idea of a manufacturer purposefully breaking a product after purchase in order to spy on you and profit from that information was so outlandish, there was no need for concern. We're now living in a world where it could easily be done clandestinely."
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