Caveat for iChat

March 13, 2005 at 2:19 pm | Posted in Macintosh, Technology | Leave a comment

Last month, AOL changed their AIM terms of service to allow them to use chat logs and transmissions in any way they see fit. They can steal your good ideas, give incriminating or out-of-context material to third parties, and generally do anything they want. Their ability to do this was previously restricted to specific legal conditions related to law enforcement or court order, and I believe that AOL email still has some privacy left.

What Apple users may not know is that iChat (both AV and non-AV) uses AIM protocols and servers; it is essentially just an AIM client with a good interface. I believe that Mac users agree to the new terms of service everytime they use iChat. There are other open source solutions out there (Fire and Jabber), but none offers the kind of AV possible with iChat and an iSight camera.

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