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In June, Brave Browser was caught redirecting url links for cash. Users who began typing to go to Binance website from the URL noticed the autofill was a referral link from Brave to Binance. Right away, when social media started calling Brave out, Brave sent out an apology notice and stopped the autofill referral campaign.

 

 

So is this a really big issue or not?

 

Actually it's not that easy of an answer, but Brave could have avoided this issue if they were transparent on how they were conducting their own referrals. Basically, Brave is a business and needs to bring in additional revenue streams to maintain their browser. But doing it in a way that had the user unaware of being redirected to a different URL does violate FTC rules in the USA and CAP rules in the United Kingdon. Companies must warn their users if they are participating in referral marketing, just like how we at Crowdholding have our clause in the beginning of this article.  

What looks worse, is Brave is active in filing GDPR complaints against Google and others for claiming infringement on users privacy. So it has put them in a tough position. 

All in all though, Brave was fast to apologize and not every company is perfect. Mistakes are made and of course we do understand that Brave does need to make revenue, especially for us to continue using their browser. Lets hope they learn from this and make sure to be more transparent of when they are doing affiliate marketing. 

 

Now for the question:

What's your take on this?

Do you feel violated as a user or it doesn't bother you one bit?

 

We look forward to hearing your comments. 

 

Note: Brave and CH are not partners. We use the BAT tokens we have earned through referrals from Brave and are given to you. We always make sure to email Brave the feedback from these tasks.

 

 

 





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I woudn't be too bothered, as long as they up their transparency levels in the future and not repeat this mistake.

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Im not too bothered I am sure google and bing have plenty of ways from earning through their browsers. Maybe in future offer BAT for usin the link?

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unfamililar wouldn't know any different. I do understand that my comparison is slightly different because Brave's actions did not cost anyone Even if it is kinda intrusive I don't find it criminal because if someone is searching about binance for the first time, it is logical that he has a ref connector, so I think that it was just an over impulsive way to get referrals rather than being criminal or abusing privacy brave using other business referrals to promote their own browser but they should consider this that they gain trust of users by showing transperacy rather than using personal data for their own benefit.

something being done secretly. Binance trading interface is already linked with Brave so there was no harm in doing it transparently. Personally for me this is a non issue and I will continue to use Brave.use brave broweser if you enable their ads. However I do see how majority of people would like transparency also because in some countries it is illegal. Also they did apologise so that is a start...I mean how many companies do the same and even if accused won't even say a word to their users/stakeholders etc. For what brave offers

1 week ago

Day by day we enter the internet through our browsers we put our trust in the one we have chosen to such an extent that many times we only accept the conditions without taking our time to read them the only thing we ask in return is that they take care of our security if we accept reading or if we don't

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Browsers should a be transparent about their practices and users should be aware of the links they are choosing to click. The fact that Brave, a browser whose biggest selling point is the privacy and security, would take part in what can be seen as decpetive practices lowers my opinion of them. I believe that a non-tech-savy user places a lot of trust in search engines to take them where they would like to go safely and efficiently. I'd compare their actions to a taxi driver taking the long route to up your charge. If you are familiar with the city you may realize it, but anyone unfamililar wouldn't know any different. I do understand that my comparison is slightly different because Brave's actions did not cost anyone. But the sneaky practice to benefit monetarily is the main point. 

2 weeks ago

Manuel Ogwa new user

Honest Answer.

You've summed it up all here "Mistakes are made and Brave like every other company or everyone are liable to make mistakes. And also, irrespective of how violated one could be which literally shows Brave of been hypocritical about it. One does hope they learn and become better transparent in their dealings.

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2 weeks ago

Lite Liger

Crypto Enthusiast from YouTube

It's not that problematic, long as those people weren't about to sign under their family member or friends referral link. We don't want exchanges to become next banks so its fine that certain projects like brave get more dev funds. 

2 weeks ago

Rapheal N guru

Even if it is kinda intrusive I don't find it criminal because if someone is searching about binance for the first time, it is logical that he has a ref connector, so I think that it was just an over impulsive way to get referrals rather than being criminal or abusing privacy. because if I have an account already it doesn't change the fact wheater I open it through a ref link or normal link.

I think the apology is good also explaining things better because this in no way compromises the privacy or the security of the users.

3 weeks ago

It honestly makes me frustrated, and it makes Brave look hypocritical. 

3 weeks ago

Rapheal N guru

how does it frustrate you? explain don't just make ambiguous statement.

3 weeks ago

Rapheal N guru

And also explain how it makes them hypocritical.

3 weeks ago

Well I'm little upset when I found that it masks the links, the brave team should really mention this in their t&c anyways they fixed the issue but I think it is not a professional behaviour.

3 weeks ago

Nate Luebbe new user

I just think it's a bit skeevy, but not criminal. I understand them wanting referral credits, but realistically they weren't the ones who referred me to Binance, so they're wrongfully capitalizing on other people's work. I use Brave, but this is a bit questionable. 

3 weeks ago

Its a total violation of my trust. Redirecting links is highly unprofessional. It really bothers me.

3 weeks ago

i am using vpn when its come to binance because want my account more secure and safe so using double protection on bravo browser

3 weeks ago

Adon Alnerto new user

I'm new.. No idea what to say.. They should fix it sooner the better.. Brave pupularity are rising.. 

3 weeks ago

Burt Rhinos new user

They should just used their own refferals

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Muhammad Raza new user

It is understandable that brave using other business referrals to promote their own browser but they should consider this that they gain trust of users by showing transperacy rather than using personal data for their own benefit. 

At the end of the day they do apologise what mistake they had done and they have to be careful about it becasue these days there are other options in market for web browsing and if they do something this sort of again they might lose their users in great numbers.

I am using brave for more than 6 months now and i really like this broswer and i hope they keep upgrading it to the best standard.

3 weeks ago

Hello,

I've found it intrusive but I understood that it was out your hand so I didn't think much of it. I've actually appreciated your reply. So thank you for that.

3 weeks ago

Brave Browser was caught redirecting url links for cash. Users who began typing to go to Binance website from the URL noticed the autofill was a referral link from Brave to Binance

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Gadgets Lookup new user

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3 weeks ago

Wow, I was not aware of this issue happening, to be honest I am a little dissapointed... 

Will continue using brave for sure but a little sad. However the apology and eliminating autofill made up for it. 

4 weeks ago

pretty obvious that Brave would use referral links to advertise, as most advertisers would use their own referral links of sorts, but Brave not implictly stating this from the start is an issue.referral links without informing users is illegal and morally wrong as well, it did lead me to develop a degree of distrust towards the people at Brave Transparency is the best thing in any business if you someone want it for a long term. You have already integrated Binance with the browser and there is no harm in this. But, if you had announced it before promoting and redirecting it on the browser, it would had not created any controversy. I love Brave and am using it for a long time

Brave would have benefited enormously while the individual users were in the dark about the whole advertising/promoting side of the equation.

In my opinion it is pretty obvious that Brave would use referral links to advertise, as most advertisers would use their own referral links of sorts, but Brave not implictly stating this from the start is an issue. But honestly it doesn't matter that much - it's just a tiny ding on the previously trustworth name of the Brave browser. 

4 weeks ago

I don't care what Google think, I'm fine with brave! Thank for developers

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Johnny Waters new user

Brave is pretty awesome but doing something like that in my opinion is the very definition of the term "taking advantage of the system." They have MILLIONS of users every day so if only a fraction of those people *unwillingly* signed up through a referral link anywhere, Brave would have benefited enormously while the individual users were in the dark about the whole advertising/promoting side of the equation.

In my opinion it is pretty obvious that Brave would use referral links to advertise, as most advertisers would use their own referral links of sorts, but Brave not implictly stating this from the start is an issue. But honestly it doesn't matter that much - it's just a tiny ding on the previously trustworth name of the Brave browser. And I'm sure people who oppose the kind of privacy that Brave is trying to promote will use this as a very negative talking point against the browser and how the platform works in general.

1 month ago

Danish Malik new user

I've been using brave for a while now and I loved how it focused so much on maintaining a user's privacy and being an overall fast browser paired with a wonderful non intrusive ad reward system. That being said considering how using referral links without informing users is illegal and morally wrong as well, it did lead me to develop a degree of distrust towards the people at Brave. Had the company informed users before hand, I'm sure not just me but a lot of other people would have willingly taken part in the referral campaign. That being said I don't think it was that big of a blunder and I do like how brave was quick to apologize for their error, it's just a bit hypocritical to criticize google while engaging in something similar 

1 month ago

Amer Mallah new user

I was not a Brave user before this incident, but after I read about it, it just created a negative association in my mind. It has the feeling of a friend who is always trying to sneak in some kind of MLM scheme into what should just be a normal conversation. 

The explanation is also super sketchy. The CEO makes it sound like it was an autocomplete UX issue, that it would bring up referral links as an autocomplete, but why would it bring up Brave's referral link? If I never typed it in before, why would it suggest this random autocompletion? It should have been "sorry about that, this was a unintentional rollout of a revenue idea we had, we have completely removed it, and are reconsidering our approach". 

The "no information was leaked" is hardly a consolation. People who look for privacy-focused products are looking for agency over their own use of technology. While this did not reveal information to binance, it did attempt to control the behavior of the user and that is not technically a privacy risk, but does go against the whole ethos of the pro-privacy users they are claiming to serve. 

 

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Ngene Obinna expert

For me, I don't even notice as because it does affect my usage of the app, the apology is really nice but they should try to avoid sure things from reoccurring so as to win the trust and confidence of their users. 

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Stop Bondiola new user

Con más de 60 años de edad y 40 de profesión, podría tener algo para decir.

Disclaimer:

.- I'm not a Brave Browser user because the "System requirements" describes a machine that --maybe-- I can own in ten years.

.- My english is not good as this question may require.

That said, I cannot feel less than surprised by the sentence "Brave Browser was caught redirecting url ..." regarding an open source project. Nobody saw this in the source? Does Brave reconfigures itself whitout user approval after installing?

Would I feel violated by such behaviour? Not more than feel violated by Google. But if you use me to earn money, I would like to be paid for it.

It seems that the market niche for privacy disrespect systems, programs and services is full. Maybe is time for more honest approach to users.

1 month ago

De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

Wow. I didn't know something like this was going on. But honestly, if I was redirected by any referral link it wouldn't have bothered me one bit. It happens a lot of the time on different sites and I'm used to such situations now. This situation has been a big deal because Brave exhibited somewhat of a double standard - and people hate that. I think the apology should settle everything.

Also, I was here on Friday but didn't see this task. And it's already 3 days old. How?

1 month ago

Karen M guru

Some apologies go a long way. I agree that it's done, let's let it rest. The task probably showed up after you checked in that day De Gem.

1 month ago

De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

I'm very sure.

1 month ago

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yue shina new user

For me personally I am not to bothered since at the end of the day you do get paid to use brave broweser if you enable their ads. However I do see how majority of people would like transparency also because in some countries it is illegal. Also they did apologise so that is a start...I mean how many companies do the same and even if accused won't even say a word to their users/stakeholders etc. For what brave offers I will surely continue to use them until they don't give me a valid reason not too.

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1 month ago

Karen M guru

I was not aware of this happening with Brave and I use the Brave browser every day. Was this intentional or an honest mistake? If a mistake, then glad they learned from it and corrected it.(every business should follow the rules/laws). If it was done knowing it was wrong, then shame. Regardless, I'm glad it's resolved because I enjoy using Brave browser and earimft BAT.

1 month ago

De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

I don't think it should be a problem. This happens on other sites all the time.

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1 month ago

Dev Ranjan guru

Transparency is the best thing in any business if you someone want it for a long term. You have already integrated Binance with the browser and there is no harm in this. But, if you had announced it before promoting and redirecting it on the browser, it would had not created any controversy. I love Brave and am using it for a long time and will continue to use it. People has trust on Brave because it is promoting privacy, open-source, etc. So, whatever you do with your browser which is going to impact your users, you should transparent and announce it publically. 

1 month ago

De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

Transparency Dev, transparency. Thanks for pointing that out.

1 month ago

Sam BTC guru

Just a common Crypto enthusiast.. Wait crypto is not common it's special :)

My take on the whole situation is that Brave did not do anything wrong as there is no harm in referrals and they could have managed it without a redirecting link as well. Their only mistake was they did not communicate it to users so it was interpreted as something being done secretly. Binance trading interface is already linked with Brave so there was no harm in doing it transparently. Personally for me this is a non issue and I will continue to use Brave.

1 month ago

De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

I believe many people won't see this as an issue

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