Privacy browser Brave Under Fire for Violing Users’ Trust

We will briefly describe it

  • Brave has been redirecting web searches to crypto-companies to its affiliate links. This earns it a commission.
  • Binance is among the cryptocurrency companies that Brave profit through their affiliate links.
  • The CEO of the company, however, apologized and assured that there would not be any more such links.

Brute earns affiliate commissions via redirecting specific search queries to crypto firms through affiliate links.

Unlike the “opt-in” principle by which the company abides–advertisements are optional on the browser and pay out cryptocurrency to anyone who views them–Brave never asked its 15 million monthly users about these redirects.

A firestorm broke out today when Yannick Eckl from twitter, ” CRYPTONATOR1337,” observed that Brave’s search for Binance automatically led users to the affiliate version of the URL. Brave also makes profits.

Brave has recently partnered the cryptocurrency exchange. Changpeng Zhao, Binance’s CEO had previously expressed his support for Brave via Twitter.

After Dimitar dinev, JRR Crypto ‘s Managing Director, discoveredyet additional redirect links, the storm turned into a full-blown hurricane. Dinev discovered on Brave’s GitHub page that Brave also links to Trezor (Coinbase), and Ledger.

Brendan Eich is the CEO of Brave and cofounder. His tweets about the breach, in which he apologized for his error, were retweeted by Eich.

He promised that he would never again revise domains typed in.

Eich is yet to reply to Decrypt’srequest.

Eich tweeted that he was standing by Brave and that he is trying to “build a profitable business.”

He added, “But our goal is to earn skin-in gaming affiliate revenue as well.” Brave has to link its users through widgets to trades. It also must look for revenue deals as “all major browsers” do.

To keep with browser’s privacy first agenda, he said these redirects didn’t reveal user data to affiliates. The Binance redirect was described by him as: “That code identifies, it’s an affiliate code for Binance, with one fixed value that applies to all users. It does not identify you. It is not identifying you.

Eich stated that the source code has been available for months and it was obvious.

Eich supporters argued that Eich was only apologizing to be caught.

Brave is believed to have compromised its integrity by some others. “You made THE mistake. This is likely why Brave has been chosen by so many people,” tweeted using the pseudonymous “crypto.bi”.

Eich explained to Decrypt: “We don’t depend on affiliate revenue for our survival.” It doesn’t hurt to have the money. And Brave should live, he added.


Editor’s Note : In an earlier version, Eich stated that affiliate links would make it impossible for the company to survive. Eich has refuted this assertion.