Data protection, paid content, and reporting plugins.
If there is a plugin that has an issue, you should be able to file a report via obsidian.
I have a problem with the plugin AVA. AVA says nothing about registering or paying for extra features on the plugin page inside Obsidian. But I find out after going to their website to “register”.
At the registration, you see it is a paid app. To clarify, I have nothing against paying for software. The problem I have is with “trust”, especially those that think “bait and switch” is completely ethical. It might be beneficial for obsidian to ensure it is not vaporware to take some of this revenue.
So this leads me privacy. AVA has very little explanation about how data about your vault is parsed with them for; “asking questions about your vault”. It says “We feed ChatGPT the context of your question searched through your vault and ask it to answer”, however ChatGPT says not to put personal data through them.
What also leads me to take pause is that in comparison to the other expanded explanations, it is very very very small, and has no “lawful” clear explanation of where your data is stored, processed etc.
- You should be able to report a plugin.
- AVA should have a data and privacy statement clarifying how your personal data is processed.
- Obsidian should explore a model of charging developers making money on the platform. Even if this money is given to fund other plugins, website costs, etc…
I am leaving this report on the forum. And hopefully a privacy data statement can follow.