I will stop calling you Shirley if you agree that this is crazy .
But apparently some tens or hundreds of thousands of people are approve with this. They click right by this screen .
From years of running events that have potentially / ideally would have participants from all over the universe, one of the biggest challenges is time. If I equitable plan something that starts at 11:00am Friday, and department of state that, it does not help you much if you are somewhere outside of my time. I ’ ve used a variety show of global time clocks and tools that convert to local time, and they help a draw.
I presently favor the World Time Buddy consequence doodad that I learned about via running the Virtually Connecting web web site. An idea struck me a few weeks ago I shared with others in the VC Slack who share technical material that what would help folks a batch is one of those buttons that make it one suction stop thing to add an event to whatever calendar you used .
That was easy. But it certain made my worry spot itch a piece about running this through a third party serve. The manner these add to calendar links work, from my remember, is forming a specific URL that has as parameters the event date, time, and something to help the calendar calculate the clock time differences .
And then I started getting all kinds of getting electronic mail notifications from Addevent about my “ event ”. person favorited it. then all kinds of other reminders. I decided to refocus on a solution ( still not done ) not requiring a one-third party service. I found it interesting that there is no way I could delete my account on AddEvent. I had to email and ask for that .
Anyhow, the long winded, ranting presentation gets to today. I wanted to tune into the hot # el30 conversation between host Stephen Downes and Maha Bali. And spirit ! An Add to Calendar button, that ’ s helpful !
And I about added it to my Google calendar, because that would be easy, quick, and… HOLD THE EFFING BUS ! Why would I grant such broad permissions to Addevent.com ? ?
Are you seriously uncoerced to give hypertext transfer protocol : //t.co/qoHEx1pGe0 these kinds of rights to your calendar just for the convenience of not adding it manually ?
not me. I ‘ll do the timezone mathematics myself. This is manner over-reaching. @ downes this is from your # el30 site. pic.twitter.com/Sp2Po3JD8a
— Alan Levine ( @ cogdog ) November 14, 2018
I mean the service is called ADDEVENT.com not DELETEMYCALENDARS.com
No ***ing way. I barely looked at the east slide meter of the event, adjusted to my local, and added it myself .
You do find statements in their privacy notice that seem re-assuring :
We are not in the business of selling your Personal Data. We consider this critical data to be a separate of our relationship with you. consequently, we will not sell your Personal Data to third parties, including one-third party advertisers .
The very adjacent sentence is obscure and cool, eh ?
There are, however, certain circumstances in which we may disclose, transfer or partake your Personal Data with certain third parties without further notice to you .
indeed, it ’ second “ We are dainty we won ’ triiodothyronine sell your data ” but “ we have hidden secret reasons that we will merely give your data to and never tell you. ”
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I ’ thousand a bit newly to reading terms carefully, it ’ s rather enlightening .
I was however, ineffective to find anything there that explains why they need license to delete my calendars .
so I decided to ask them .
I will keep you posted .
I will besides be argus-eyed and asking you, vitamin a well, to give some think about the permissions you just give. It ’ s not that I think they are doing anything evil ; I want transparency about their needs for these permissions .
You can say “ no ” .
Update: November 15, 2018
“ good news ” – a reply from Addvent.com :
Holy banana, thank you thus much for letting me know about that issue Alan .
Looks like Google just nowadays changed their license scopes. It has been changed in our code and will be updated tomorrow – immediately it will require a fortune fewer permissions. We basically only need permission to insert events .
meanwhile, you can read more here what the permissions are used for and how we use it :
hypertext transfer protocol : //www.addevent.com/privacy/google-calendar
Thanks again for letting me know, much appreciated ! Let me know if you have any questions. Hope you ’ ll have a capital day !
I don ’ thymine remember seeing this connect yesterday, but felicitous to see it today .
But I am disbelieving of this statement, “ Looks like Google fair nowadays changed their permission scopes. ”
I find it hard to imagine the API changing to broaden access that much. But what do I know ?
I found a character to a change on Oct 31, 2018 that added more fine grained permissions, but truly that would change default permissions to be broader ? here are the current license scopes in the Calendar API v3
I ’ thousand gladiolus AddEvent fixed this, and it ’ s a dependable reminder to always think before you grant license.
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