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Sakkano

FA is selling personal Data/ Breaking TOS & Federal Law.

A line of coding has been added to FurAffinity in which the site datamines your browsing habits AND purchases. As a result, after you visit FA, any sites you visit are recorded via Viglink. Any purchases you make after visiting FA then give a comission to FA. This coding has been in operation, and not disclosed to users for the past 5 days (as of the original date of this post, 08-31-2011).

Of course, this wonderful bit of coding was in violation of the TOS, and only after FA was caught did the TOS get changed to reflect that you're now making money for a fat bastard with a penchant for powdered donettes. See, users are told by teh TOS that their ata will not be mined or sold. And additionally, US FederAl law states that such a change MUST be presented to users of a service. In essence, this act was HIGHLY ILLEGAL and merits a suit.

You can read about the discovery and it's subsequent backpeddling at http://forums.furaffinity.net/threads/106567-Someone-e...

You can also opt out of VIglink at http://www.viglink.com/support/optout

And if anyone is putting together a class action suit, I'll be more than happy to give you my email address for further contact.

Update: Update: Sadly, ever time you use FA now, unless you;re using script-blocker, you will have to go back to the Vlglike site to opt put of the service.

Update: From
Zippo
Adjusting your hosts file accordingly can solve this issue:

127.0.0.1 api.viglink.com
127.0.0.1 viglink.com
127.0.0.1 cdn.viglink.com

usually found here: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\ "hosts" file without extension, open with notepad, paste the above lines and save.

And for good measure add these to your incoming/outgoing ip/url block list(s):
174.129.254.214 viglink.com
184.73.227.52 api.viglink.com

I refuse to be tracked by 3rd parties to monitize on my browsing habbits without my authorization. It is a breach of privacy and I will not put up with it and neither should you.
If I am banned because of this post it means I have no right to privacy on this website.

If you wish to use this, please give original credit. Thx.
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Added: 6 years, 11 months ago
 
Nesetalis
6 years, 11 months ago
thanks for the heads up!
LupineAssassin
6 years, 11 months ago
*hugs*
jmac32here
6 years, 11 months ago
*Spreads this onto the DWS/TNSC Community News*

Was debating putting it out there myself...I just didn't want to sound like the dusche who seems to be crying wolf out here all alone...for the _entire_ time FA's been up.

(Including its past bad decisions)
Sakkano
6 years, 11 months ago
Naw, when a site breaks the LAW they should be held accountable. But keep in mind, this was posted 08-31-2011. They changed their TOS the same day they were caught, but unless users went to the main page, the change probably wasn't detected by users.

Oddly enough though, I think that MLP banner got more attention and complaints than the breech of the TOS and FTC laws.
jmac32here
6 years, 11 months ago
I would say that FA has a long history of legal violations...
DraculJOSHI
6 years, 10 months ago
Can you remember when FA was a straight, good, friendly open site for all kinds of furries...

I can't, wanna know why? Because It already was shit when I joined a year and a half ago for the first time!
JeffyCottonbun
6 years, 10 months ago
you have got to be shitting me.. fuck FA !
cooncub
6 years, 10 months ago
Danm them,I go there every day to look too
Sunkra
6 years, 10 months ago
Will disabling javascript, plug-ins and/or cookies do the trick as well?
DraculJOSHI
6 years, 10 months ago
depends on what type the code is. Since it isn't installed, it can't be a plugin and I don't see how a cookie can be abused for this. Maybe if it is a javascrip script, but then again, this isn't worth disabling javascripts all over the place.

I think the changes in the local hostfile is the cleanest and safest method.
Sunkra
6 years, 10 months ago
I'm running OS X and browse FA with Safari for my main account so the above explanation isn't of much help. Guess I'll have to do some digging.
MarauderOctobot
6 years, 10 months ago
Would this affect people who never shop online?
Sakkano
6 years, 10 months ago
Browsing habits are recorded as well. You might not buy anything (more power to you) but if you look at something to stumble across something of interest, that gets recorded as well.
KSimba
6 years, 10 months ago
This is very noble of you Sakkano,
It's not right that they'd exploit anybody's privacy  like this.

Aren't you afraid of being cyber-bullied for lifting them out?
Sakkano
6 years, 10 months ago
Me? Well, not really. What are they going to do, call be names over the internet?

Happened before. Another place, different situation.

Come and find where I live? Great! I made too much apple pie anyway. Much more delicious than powered donettes.
KSimba
6 years, 10 months ago
Well when you put it like that. Yeah, whats the worst that could happen.
But still, great thing your doing, thanks :3
Shokuji
6 years, 10 months ago
I'll just suggest a Firefox add-on called NoScript. Works every time. =3
chaosblackwing
6 years, 10 months ago
Well this is certainly a journal I'm glad I stumbled upon. Thankfully it looks like the firefox add-on 'Adblock plus' has already stopped the blasted script from loading, though for those without the thing it could be a nasty surprise indeed.
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