Thursday, December 1

Rewind: a dangerous Mac app that records your private life | Digital Trends Spanish


A new application for your Mac claims that it can record every moment of your life online and store it for retrieval. We’re talking about every moment, from your emails to your chats to your FaceTime and Zoom calls.

Rewind is a work in progress by Brett Bejcek and Dan Siroker, two American entrepreneurs who between them have worked with Spotify and Optimizely. They claim that Rewind is like a search engine for your life.

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“We record everything you’ve seen, said, or heard,” the Rewind website explains. “And we make it searchable.”

Rewind will record your Zoom calls and make them easy to search. The app will also create a transcript of everything said on the call. Although Rewind only works with Zoom at the moment, the company is working on adding other services, such as FaceTime and Teams.

The site goes on to explain that the information is stored locally on your Mac for privacy protection, and only you have access to it. The app compresses this data up to 3,750 times, which should be small enough to fit on Apple’s notoriously stingy hard drive sizes.

Rewind uses native Apple APIs and configures itself automatically when you install it, so no IT skills are required. Because the data is stored locally on your Mac, there’s no need to set up cloud backups or Google integrations. It just works.

“No need to integrate with cloud services like Gmail, Dropbox, or Slack,” the website says. “Rewind starts capturing these applications right away, without the need for IT.”

Becjek and Siroker said they will not sell user data or introduce advertising with their product, meaning it will be fully funded by users. While the app is free to use for now, they plan to introduce a subscription model in the future.

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