Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek. 

You always agree, don't you?

Well, you can't be bothered to check what you're agreeing to, as you're far too excited about using the latest new app that claims to read your fortune from your fingernails.

Occasionally, though, one of your favorite apps will ask you for something that might -- I only say might -- make you think.

Perhaps the app wants a little more personal information in order to offer you a more personalized service. 

Which would be remarkably polite, as most apps simply grab your personal information without asking.

How, though, will you react to Netflix's latest request?

You see, the famed TV and movie streamer is very interested in more than your mere stream of consciousness.

Twitterer BetoOnSecurity suddenly got a request for, well, his access to his physical activity.

It wasn't long before at least one other Twitterer mused this must have something to do with fulfilling the chill part of Netflix and Chill.

Still, why would Netflix want to know everything about you physical movements?

A company spokesperson told the Next Web

We are continually testing ways to give our members a better experience. This was part of a test to see how we can improve video playback quality when a member is on the go. Only some accounts are in the test, and we don't currently have plans to roll it out.

Not currently.

How much, though, can we believe Netflix?

How many people, indeed, watch Netflix while they're moving about? Are we so hooked on our watching something that we have to do it all the time?

Are people really walking down the street watching Crashing

Are they riding their e-scooters while catching an episode of the brilliant Call My Agent?

Can we really not take a bus or train ride without wallowing in streaming fare?

And what does this have to do with improving video playback? Netflix doesn't control the quality of a signal as humans move from place to place.

Personally, I'm suspicious. (It's a congenital condition.)

I fear Netflix simply wants to know what you're doing when you're watching its shows. 

Or, rather, what else you're doing. 

Perhaps it wants to create location- or activity-specific shows.

Or perhaps it's just wondered whether it can take snoopiness to another extreme.

For now, I'll plump for the latter.

Published on: Aug 3, 2019
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