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Users of mac have faith in the ecosystem. They believe in transparency. This faith is the most valuable thing we have in this ecosystem. Therefore we should not let this faith fade away. We should protect this ecosystem. As DA01 mentioned to instill the faith it is absolutely necessary. Also as this feature adds value to the user, he will never get annoyed ...


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I would expect this permission to be granted by the user as part of the installation process.


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Should a Mac app ask the user permission for gathering data about their hardware? Could be reworded as: Should an app ask the user permission before gathering data? To instill trust with the user, yes, absolutely.


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What you're collecting is the same as "System Requirements". You could actually make that part of the initial installation process, rather than a "hidden call home". Example: Installation is complete. In an effort to improve our software, we'd like to save the following information to our database OS: Yosemite 10.1.1 RAM: 16G Foo: Bar ------------------- ...


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I don't know if there is a standard for this, so I am strictly speaking from personal opinion but I would say since the app is meant for system monitoring it is fairly obvious that you will be collecting information about the system. The worry of the user won't be the collecting but rather the distributing of such information. Therefore, to address those ...


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Can you elaborate on why you need to show the user an error-massage? Under what circumstances is it, that you think this is a right solution? I'm not saying you are wrong, but I'm curious to the peripherals of this "problem"



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