Wacom tablet drivers phone home with names, times of every app opened on your computer

Wacom’s official tablet drivers leak to the manufacturer the names of every application opened, and when, on the computers they are connected to.

Software engineer Robert Heaton made this discovery after noticing his drawing board’s fine-print included a privacy policy that gave Wacom permission to, effectively, snoop on him.

Looking deeper, he found that the tablet’s driver logged each app he opened on his Apple Mac and transmitted the data to Google to analyze. To be clear, we’re talking about Wacom’s macOS drivers here: the open-source Linux ones aren’t affected, though it would seem the Windows counterparts are.

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Wacom’s request made me pause. Why does a device that is essentially a mouse need a privacy policy?”

Source: Sketchy behavior? Wacom tablet drivers phone home with names, times of every app opened on your computer • The Register