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Posted by on Jul 6, 2012 in Hardware |

Apologizes for Cisco routers update that added services and prohibiting unsolicited porn

Apologizes for Cisco routers update that added services and prohibiting unsolicited porn

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This week, many users of by routers encountered a message that the device, normally responsible managing communications with the network, had been signed (by itself) to a service that went beyond many features to cloud, and included a terms of service prohibiting watching porn and suggested that Cisco would monitor the user’s navigation.

Given these indications, of course, people complained angrily against the company. The Linksys routers are affected EA3500, EA2700 and EA4500, which automatically subscribed to a service launched by Cisco in April called “Cloud Connect”. This service has several features like parental control, streaming functions, and others. It also noted that “we may record certain information related to the way you use the service.”

After complaints, Cisco has tried to calm things down, without much success. The company said that people are not required to subscribe to Connect and can turn off automatic updates on their routers. Also simplified the way you can leave the service.

“We believe the lack of clarity of our terms of service has contributed to many of the concerns of users,” the company said, adding that “Linksys routers do not track or store personal information from using the Internet for customers.”

However, this does not eliminate the fact that the company tried to force the use of a cloud service to owners of routers. What happened with Cisco is an example of something that many are concerned about: how much control we have on our own computers?

Links:
Cisco routers with updated anti-porn, anti-piracy user agreement (MSN)
UPDATE: Answering Our Customers’ Questions about Cloud Connect Cisco (Cisco)

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