Like all of you (I hope!) I'm very concerned with the possibility that large companies like Google, Amazon, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft (GAFAM), as well as Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent and Xiaomi (BATX) are gathering a huge amount of data about me and my family without being clear about what they're using that information for and who they're sharing it with. I am always looking for ways to reduce my digital footprint and reduce chances for organisations and people to gather and aggregate data about me.
This poses me with a problem when it comes to HMD's Nokia Phones - they're obviously full of Google! I can't escape it and I don't know fully what information about me is being gathered by Google (nor HMD, Evenwell, FIH etc). I have done as much as I practically can within the constraints of the OS to limit my data sharing whilst still having a usable smartphone, but it's still very difficult to know what is still leaking out.
One of the projects I follow with interest is the Puri.sm Librem 5 https://puri.sm/products/librem-5/
. I haven't pre-ordered one and don't have any financial interest in the project, but I strongly hope they succeed as it will show that consumers want an alternative to the privacy-breaching data economy. This blog post by their founder really chimed with me and my own reasons for being interested in and following the progress of alternatives to the "big tech" options out there because the point at which I became more interested in the topic was the date my first child was born! https://puri.sm/posts/purism-origin-story/
I would be very interested to know what HMD's leaders and staff think about this. Do we have anything to worry about from HMD's Nokia phones? Would they be happy for their own children to use them?
What do you think?