We watch Netflix while we doing chores around the house, some of us have it on in the background while we do all sorts of things, and some of us have shows we binge all the time while we slept on the couch and do things on our phones. No matter what the status of our activity level is, not many of us would probably say we are at our most active while looking at the shows and movies on the streaming service, so tracking our activity level seems… strange and unnecessary. But apparently, it’s for a good reason.
Check out this android user noticed that Netflix asked permission to track their physical activity.
Hey @netflix why does your Android app want physical activity data? pic.twitter.com/Lv0QUL0w9g
— Beto on Security (@BetoOnSecurity) July 27, 2019
So when they saw this tweet, thenextweb sent a message to Netflix and asked about this permission. Netflix replied:
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.
I suppose that makes sense. Some people may be watching while on transit, while working out, or other “on the go” conditions. I’m not angry at it, I just know they’d presumably have more sedentary results from the tracker of mine that wouldn’t be as helpful.