I'll answer both scgallafent and jonesrk here...
jonesrk wrote:What information would you like to see on a public API that doesn't need to deal with all the various PII privacy laws around the world?
I've already access to the data via church controlled apps. I'd just want an API that allows me to be more flexible on how I use the data I have access to currently.
If you think an API would grant me more access to PII data you would be wrong. Again, I already have access to a level of PII data via my login to tools. Are you suggesting that tools is exposing PII data?
Perhaps you and I aren't speaking the same tech language. I want members (PUBLIC) to have access to the APIs (PRIVATE or Restricted) that the tools app and other apps use currently.
I want to use the data I have access to in ways that don't fit the limited use cases the tools app currently employs. If you want some use cases look to the forums for requested features that have either been rejected, but are allowed but won't be implemented, or have yet to be implemented.
I want the APIs currently in place to be made available to the public community of Saints.
Thanks for considering my POV.
PS - I cannot see how access to those APIs currently not public would change the morality or legality in any way. The data is already in the app and people abuse it already... "No, I don't want to join your MLM and please quit using tools to call members in the stake, that you have never met, with your pitch."