I see a much greater issue here … let’s say that I’m watching a copy of DIsney’s Little Mermaid (a movie that I legally own) which I’ve ripped to my server for convenience or the main reason that I purchased the Live.
The live is makes a connection to the web and says here is Live Box # 123abc registered to Miguel who according to our records lives in Phoenix Arizona who at 3:40 pm was watching Little Mermaid.iso on his Live.
One part of that may be marketing, now that data mining company can get my information from WD and see that I like Disney movies and target me… BUT here is the bigger picture, that information may be sold to the RIAA or MPAA and they may be told that I have 500 MP3s or 200 movies which now can bring up another issue if you see where I’m coming from!
This is a huge privacy issue merely because this box may have the capability to send out much more information than just a geo location since up until yesterday we didn’t even know this was going on!
See where I’m coming from …
You seem to be adding 2 and X together and getting paranoia. We can all speculate our way into this sort of ‘scary’ scenario. So far all it appears is happening is that they are using Geobyte to get a location. If you attempt to access Pandora in the UK a message comes up to inform you that it is only available in the states. It gets that info from my IP address. Possibly it needs to be more precise about the location so it uses the Geobyte info.
We will see what WD has to say but going on other conspiracy theories will anybody actually believe them.
You can see what the WDTV is requesting by going to the page yourself
If indeed the unit was requesting more then surely your firewall would show you this as well. Its not so its just the location info which is easily explained. Note it says ‘getlocation’ in the firewall record, it does not say ‘get film info’ or ‘get box info’. Possibly it is requesting this info continuously because you have blocked it and it can’t get a reply.
Ironically I would be more worried that you have informed the world via this forum that you have ripped mp3’s and movies then what the unit is telling anybody.