Hotbar is/was Spyware

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by LoctOut, Mar 23, 2002.

  1. LoctOut

    LoctOut Guest

    Ref Below......

    Tried hotbar a couple years ago. Then there was a big stink cause it was discovered it was spyware. From their current policy it looks like they still are.

    So....

    Let's be carefull out there

    Here's an extract from their privacy policy

    HOTBAR COLLECTS AND STORES INFORMATION ABOUT THE WEB PAGES YOU VIEW AND THE DATA YOU ENTER IN SEARCH ENGINE SEARCH FIELDS WHILE USING THE SOFTWARE. HOTBAR USES THIS INFORMATION TO DETERMINE WHICH ADS AND BUTTONS TO DISPLAY ON YOUR HOTBAR TOOLBAR AND WHICH ADS TO SHOW YOUR BROWSER. HOWEVER, HOTBAR DOES NOT (A) ASSOCIATE OR STORE SUCH WEB USAGE DATA OR SEARCH INFORMATION WITH ANY PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION SUCH AS NAME OR EMAIL ADDRESS OR (B) ANALYZE SUCH WEB USAGE DATA OR SEARCH INFORMATION TO DETERMINE THE IDENTITY OF ANY HOTBAR USER. SOME INFORMATION COLLECTED BY THE HOTBAR SOFTWARE IS PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE, SUCH AS NAME AND EMAIL ADDRESS. THIS PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION IS STORED SEPARATELY FROM THE INFORMATION ABOUT THE WEB PAGES YOU VIEW AND THE DATA YOU ENTER IN SEARCH ENGINE SEARCH FIELDS AND THE TWO TYPES OF INFORMATION CANNOT BE CORRELATED OR LINKED. FURTHERMORE, HOTBAR DOES NOT USE THIS PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION TO DETERMINE WHICH ADS AND BUTTONS TO DISPLAY ON YOUR HOTBAR TOOLBAR OR WHICH ADS TO SHOW YOUR BROWSER.



    Hotbar !
    Posted by waddy on Saturday, March 23 @ 22:00:01 GMT


    Thanks to QuakeSkull for this news :

    Hotbar takes your browser to the next level by adding graphic overlays called skins plus a dynamic toolbar to your Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator browser.

    Download & Information : Hotbar.com
     
  2. DrX

    DrX Guest

  3. LoctOut

    LoctOut Guest

    Ad-Aware is an excellemt proggy...... I've used it almost since it first came out. But it always is a good idea to warn/remind people, don't ya think?
     
  4. zman

    zman Guest

    Thanks LoctOut, always best to be safe than sorry, definately it is good to warn people, but lets not get paranoid :)

    Maybe a link to the privacy policy would have done the trick

    LOL

    I personally could not careless if they track my surfing, I allow google bar to track me :p


    Though I always run Ad-aware on each program I install .. hah
     
  5. Gnu

    Gnu OSNN Addict

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    I personally don't much mind software that rings back while you're actually using it -- it's the stuff that starts running rogue resident apps in the background that bugs me. There's generally no accounting for stability or resource-friendliness in such apps, and tend to wreak havoc and steal precious RAM/CPU cycles. I keep a constant eye on my running tasks, at least until they get smart and start installing them as services (which I only audit every so often).