Slate reports on eye-tracking mobile devices and what these new types of smartphones could mean for the tracking of individual users and their privacy rights:
The Samsung Galaxy S IV, which is slated for introduction next week, will reportedly include an eye-tracking feature to make it easier to scroll pages without physically touching the screen. Some people will view this as an added convenience, and for people with certain types of disabilities, navigating by eye-movement can be a vitally important way to interact with objects on a screen.
But there’s also something a bit chilling about the prospect that our mobile devices might be watching us while we’re watching them. […]
In a world where there is potential marketing and advertising value in every scrap of data about how we interact with our devices, it is hard to imagine that this rich new source of information will go untapped. It probably won’t be long before terms of service for some mobile apps get revised to allow collection and resale of eye-tracking data. Clicking “accept” when downloading a new app may mean agreeing to have your eye movements sent to the cloud, analyzed, aggregated with other data collected from your device, and then resold into the mobile marketing ecosystem.