Netflix wants to track users' 'physical activity' data

Whoops time to ditch Netflix

To track a member's physical activity, the Netflix app on Android is requesting access to physical activity data from some users.

However, Netflix says the experiment is all about optimizing video quality. Are you uncomfortable with Netflix asking for physical activity data?

"We are continually testing ways to give our members a better experience", Netflix said.

Netflix has begun testing the monitoring of some users ' physical activity while watching content, apparently in order to improve the quality of video playback.

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Hey @netflix why does your Android app want physical activity data? Further, Netflix states that only some accounts are being tested, and that they are not now planning to roll it out on a bigger scale. A few years ago, according to Gizmodo, Netflix had introduced its Make It series that featured DIY projects like socks that could tell when you fell asleep while binge watching to automatically pause the streaming. The company wants to put to use the new activity recognition permission on Androids. But it's possible that some do watch their favorite TV shows or movies while on the treadmill or the stationary bike, which Android Q will supposedly be able to detect with the physical activity permission.

Netflix might have reasons to dig into your movement so that it can optimize streaming on phones as signal quality changes.

Well, it seems soon "Netflix and Chill" phrase would be rolled out. It could give an idea of when users are watching on their own. What is Netflix going to do with the data? Imagine a future where you are sitting in a fully autonomous Tesla auto and watching Netflix while the vehicle drives by itself.

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