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Netscape Privacy?

 7:50 pm on Jul 16, 2000 (gmt 0)

An excellent disertation on the Netscape SpyWare [grc.com] Smart downloader.

If you haven't heard, every time you use netscape with smartdownload to download ANY file on the net, it sends that data back to Netscape.com with your IP address tacked on.

I find this behavior to be one of the most abhorent programming practices any company could ever do without the users consent. Tracking files downloaded is one thing, but to ID the user via an IP address and unique id is a completely different prospect. By id'ing users with an ID, it is certian that AOL/Netscape can 'use you' for data acquisition. What value that may be to them, or what risk that poses to you is debatable.

I just really wonder now, what IE and NN do while they are using that resumeable download system during install. There is no call for that type of setup except to acquire information about the user and machine. I am all-but-convinced when Netscape and IE are installed, the downloader sends an incredible amount of information about you back to the home base. I know there are still people investigating, but I feel we will hear about it in time.

And they claim they are free browsers!?



 11:08 am on Jul 17, 2000 (gmt 0)

"German Web site Tecchannel has also discovered today that the same thing occurs when people use the browser's Search feature"

From [theregister.co.uk...]


 8:17 am on Aug 6, 2000 (gmt 0)

AOL to Remove Feature in Versions of SmartDownload
[dailynews.yahoo.com ]

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