There I fixed that for you.
OK snark aside, I generally agree with your points. Initially my thought was that coming from such an established business as Disney, their lawyers would run through everything to make sure it is legal. They're not amateurs. But you raise good points that it may be abused in ways that law currently doesn't cover and it is good to find out what those ways are and perhaps refine the law. The biggest problem with crafting good legislation is that if it is too broad, then it can be misapplied, and if it is too narrow then loopholes can be exploited (consider the legal definition of "assault rifle" for a case in point of good intentions running afoul of reality). I personally hadn't considered your example of a CM stalking a guest, but I have a friend who really did encounter a CM that creepy.
And this is a violation of a federal statute? Please.
And I think that's the problem with most legislation. In this day and age, the spirit of any law doesn't really matter. It's the letter that gets all of the attention.
This whole bizarre Disney thing only brings one thought to mind. Data mining.....
I Respond: Really? You honestly believe that Disney's interactive NextGen technology represents a significant risk that participating families may be exploited by "a child predator."
Um ... okay.
So where's the crime spree?
From your perspective it should already be "easy to track the where a-bouts" of a family using the Old/EXISTING system.
After years and years and years and hundreds of millions of resort guests, where is the significant, documented, detriment?
1. Apparently Mr. Markey is doing what he is known for doing best---being a jerk and gadfly who just automatically assumes Disney either does not understand the privacy laws or will not follow them if it does. Typical reaction from him.
2. We really question the need for a system to reserve a ride. This takes all spontaneity out of the Disney experience and if it means longer waiting in line for an attraction because they are allowing people to reserve rides months or weeks in advance, then people like us will just stay home. The trips to WDW are costly enough as it is. To put up with a system like this would be the final straw.
Shall we use the Google example?
"The lawmakers said the announcement raises questions about whether consumers will have enough power to opt-out of data sharing systems. They also asked what security steps are being taken to ensure the safety of customer data."
In a move that alleviates some privacy concerns, a federal judge granted part of a Justice Department request for Google search data but said users' search queries were off-limits.
Thus the data collection problem is two-fold, actually three-fold.
1. Is Disney providing sufficient privacy protections for their customers?
2. Since the data is collected, will Disney be forced to give the data to the Federal Government if so ordered? (Contradicts what lawmakers are concerned about.)
3. (Not in the articles) I heard Google has been giving the customer data to the government all along.
4. Insider customer data leakage. What do you do if a rogue employee decides to use this information?
"NEW YORK – A former admissions department employee of New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center confessed April 11 to stealing the personal records of nearly 40,000 patients and selling the information."
But Anon Mouse asks some reasonable questions:
Has their existing system been deemed inadequate -- lacking protection from external invasion? And what information does the NextGen program provide a thief that is more tempting than the names, addresses and credit card numbers that are already in Disney's system?
2. Since the data is collected, will Disney be forced to give the data to the Federal Government if so ordered?
Okay. And ...?
It's already happened:
"Former Walt Disney resorts employee Ana Rosa admits that she used various credit card skimming devices to steal bank or credit card numbers from traveling tourists—all while she worked for Disney in the role of receptionist for Disney's Saratoga Springs and Old Key West resorts."
But that incident was certainly not unique to the Disney system. Credit card numbers can be stolen at any business. In the Disney case, the thief was caught and sent to jail.
That is the unknown. If you're aware of the hacking activities from "Anonymous", nothing is safe ANYWHERE for anyone that draws their ire.
Which means what(?) if the court orders Disney to hand out customer data? It means your customer data is in the government's hands to use at its pleasure.
Read here "Please keep in mind that when you provide information to us on a third-party site or platform (for example, via our applications), the information you provide may be separately collected by the third-party site or platform."
Are you naive to think a third party is capable of keeping your data safe?
"Okay. And ...?"
I suppose this is your attitude for #3 and #4. Customers beware. Your data isn't as safe as you expect.
If I check into a Universal Orlando resort or a Holiday Inn in White Plains, New York why should is the onus on the Disney system any greater when "nothing is safe ANYWHERE for anyone that draws their ire"?
I know I am missing something here and I'm hopeful that someone can slap me into consciousness.
Anon Mouse: "Customers beware. Your data isn't as safe as you expect."
I Respond: I could not agree more!