We are in the “new normal“ now, post GDPR. This is a European regulation that went into effect last year and requires that companies allow individuals to delete any “personal information.“ Doing so means you will no longer be able to use the service, because as a primarily cloud-based system, smartthings keeps a lot of information about you as part of providing you with the cloud.
It is not mandatory to provide any of the personal data described above to SmartThings, but if you choose not to, you may not be able to receive any of the Services described below, access certain parts of our websites, or receive information from us that you have requested.
Personal Data Collected Automatically
Whenever you interact with our Services (whether via a mobile application, our IoT plug-ins, third party services, SmartApp, browser, or other application, connecting a physical device to our services, connecting a third party service to our services, or otherwise), we automatically receive and record information on our servers, logs and databases from your browser, application, services or device(s). In particular, our Services are designed to allow you to connect various physical devices (e.g., the SmartThings Hub, and associated SmartThings and third party sensors and other devices) to the Services. While connected to the Services, these devices automatically report information to our servers (including information that you may have provided when setting up or configuring that device), which may include personal data. For example, if you connect a temperature sensor to the Services, the temperature information from that sensor will be transmitted to the Services, along with any identifying information that you have chosen to associate with that sensor (e.g., the device name, group name, and location name that you have assigned to the sensor within the Services). The type of information that is collected from each device will vary depending on the device type.
This is a pretty standard definition of “personal data“ now under the new GDPR regulation, and you will see most cloud-based systems with something similar.