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Disney CEO Bob Iger Receives Letter from Congress about MyMagic+

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    It seems that Disney's new MyMagic+ has caught the attention of Senator Ed Markey and he has written to Bob Iger for answers and clarification about how information will be used and stored by Disney.

    A copy of the letter is Here

    It makes for interesting reading and I look forward to seeing Disney's response.

    Do you think this will make any difference to Disney, will they still move forward with MyMagic+ or delay it for a while?
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    Re: Disney CEO Bob Iger Receives Letter from Congress at MyMagic+

    I think they'll feed him some lines and move forward as they always planned to :)

    Thing is, we're constantly giving this information willingly to supermarkets with loyalty cards. Shops are using our cell phone wifi signals to do a very similar thing.

    I agree it should be optional and I think there SHOULD be some give and take ie. if you choose to share your every move with us, you'll get this this and this above the normal experience. It'll be hard for them to do that of course which is why I'm sure their first position will be EVERYONE wears one and everyone gets all the benefits.

    It's a brave/scary new world not just at Disney, but down at your local grocery store soon as well
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    Re: Disney CEO Bob Iger Receives Letter from Congress at MyMagic+

    It's not that much more information than they get already from me, they can tell which parks and when, what rides due to fastpass, where I eat, what I spend my money on by using my room key. I don't feel violated :shrug1:
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    Re: Disney CEO Bob Iger Receives Letter from Congress at MyMagic+

    ..and to be honest, if it DOES end up with them delivering better information to me then great.

    No point marketing kiddie stuff to me :) but if as I'm walking by a shop my phone beeps and says "hey Keith from the UK :) you like the haunted mansion and we have great new pins" fantastic. Better that than send me info about kids stuff.

    What if it discovers how many of us have left Disney Dining and go off site to eat? Perhaps they'll have a think about things and make some changes :shrug1: I remember the story about them doing a survey on people leaving Disney and they found out how many were going offsite to play mini-golf. Winter/summerland were there within a year.
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    Disney CEO Bob Iger Receives Letter from Congress at MyMagic+

    I understand the premise and the concern.

    In the US we used to have our social security numbers on everything. Then people were concerned about privacy. Sigh, unless you use cash for everything and sign up for nothing, I don't believe there is any privacy anywhere.
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    Re: Disney CEO Bob Iger Receives Letter from Congress at MyMagic+

    I am a data collection freak. I think collecting data and then analyzing it to learn what patterns are revealed is incredibly interesting, and very informative. I think if the information is used to provide a better experience for people, then it's a good thing.

    Calling me by name (any CM) is a little creepy though. :D I do think there needs to be an opt out option for those who are not comfortable with this whole thing, but for the most part, it's a great social science research tool.

    However, it only reveals patterns on things that exist. It won't show what we don't do because it's not offered. That is easier to understand in the terms of a grocery shop. It may show what I do purchase, but it can't show what I purchase from another shop because my "local Publix" doesn't carry the item.

    So, in some ways, an imperfect system for capturing what could be, or information for new marketing opportunities.
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    I didn't know you were into the data collection piece :) some interesting new whitepapers on it but basically they were saying that the TRUE benefit, or scare, comes when they combine databases. So then they really can see where you went after publix and so on.

    I guess Disney will feel quite regulated and closely watched, but some of the smaller retailers are already watching signals given off by your cell phone to see exactly how you walk around the shop, where you pause and so on.
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    Re: Disney CEO Bob Iger Receives Letter from Congress at MyMagic+

    And therein lies the rub for me. In certain specific cases, I don't mind a company like Disney collecting information about me to help improve my experience.. It's how they use it that concerns me. For instance, while Disney would have numerous bits of information about me, I wouldn't want them to be able to share that with anyone else without my explicit permission. I give my permission to use my personal information to a specific entity for a specific purpose. Any other use is strictly prohibited from my perspective.

    I'll be most interested to read Disney's response to Senator Markey's letter.

    Tom :)macwave:.. private person)
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    there have been some crazy things done in recent years.

    Like you tick the box "company x and its affiliates only" but then company x wants to share data with company y. So company x & y setup company z as an affiliate to both and share the data :/

    And that's when all sorts of things can get strange.
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    Absolutely agree with that. :yes:

    What I'd like to see them do is say that any non-public personal information (as defined by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act except drop the financial bit in the definition) cannot be disclosed to any other entity under any circumstances. Period. Completely eliminate this "affiliate" nonsense. Anything other than generic type information (like "48% of people know where Waldo is") should be strictly prohibited.

    Tom :)macwave:... I get enough junk mail now. I don't need more.)
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    i know something..i pity the person that has to answer all those questions. Do they have a right to demand an answer within a certain time frame?
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    Not really. Not the way this is worded. If he had received a subpoena to testify before Congress that would have been different. But as it is, there's probably no specific time table that Disney has to meet. Of course, they'll respond fairly quickly. Ignoring members of Congress is not a good way to win friends and influence people.

    Tom :)macwave:... I'm from the government. I'm here to help. :unsure:)
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    Disney has released a statement regarding the letter:

    MyMagic+ is a completely optional program. Disney’s privacy policies and practices are fully transparent and guests can choose whether or not to participate in MyMagic+. In addition, guests control whether their personal information is used for promotional purposes and no data collected is ever used to market children. MyMagic+ is designed to make a visit to Walt Disney World more personalized, seamless and customized than ever before.

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