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Seems like an overreaction, imho. This is likely a case of poor Privacy Policy writing and general ineptitude, rather than deliberate evil.

From their feature list: "Easy to use : when a video is detected, the download button becomes clickable." - i.e. our plugin sends all URLs to us for analysis, we respond telling the plugin whether to activate the button

"Integrated Traffic Rank indicator for all the sites you visit." - i.e. we need a way of measuring unique visits to everything

Still, interesting, and good on this guy for bringing it into the public eye.




but absolutely none of that requires a unique identifier, which is where this article focuses most of it's gripe.


It seems like the "Integrated Traffic Rank indicator" could, if they wanted to distinguish uniqueness by users rather than unique IPs.

Not that it's a good idea.


While I usually follow "do not ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity", I don't think this case is adequately explained by stupidity.




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