I’m sure by now everyone is aware of the whole uproar about Sony’s automatic installation of a “rootkit” on your PC when you insert one of their music CDs into your PC’s CD-ROM drive. But let’s assume you’ve been under a rock for the past few weeks. This new “feature” of Sony BMG’s music CDs basically installs an autoloading program on your computer that notes whenever you play one of their Cds and “phones home” that information to a Sony server. It does other things as well, and has the potential to do much more, all at Sony’s will.
As expected, the discovery of this has caused an uproar of huge proportions. The best article I’ve read on the issue so far is actually an Open Letter to Sony BMG from the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Click here to give it a read. I’m very curious how much of this Sony will actually implement.
As for me, I’m very disappointed with Sony. And I’m a big fan of theirs. I’ve had a Sony Vaio PC for a few years now, and it’s the most reliable PC I’ve ever owned–I haven’t had a single problem with it. I also have a Sony DSC-P90 Digital Camera that I love, which I’ve also had for a few years without any problems. I know there’s little connection between the different divisions of Sony, but it’s still a brand name and I’m sorry to see the name tarnished this way. Hopefully they’ll see the light quickly and come to their senses.