'The following report appeared on Yahoo! Finance:
Privacy-focused browser Brave was found to autocomplete several
websites and keywords in its address bar with an affiliate code.
Shortly after a user published his findings, Brave CEO and co-founder
Brendan Eich addressed the incident and called it "a mistake we're
correcting." Eich said that while Brave is a Binance affiliate [a
cryptocurrency exchange], the browser's autocompleting feature should
not have added any new affiliate codes.
"The autocomplete default was inspired by search query clientid
attribution that all browsers do, but unlike keyword queries, a
typed-in URL should go to the domain named, without any additions,"
Eich wrote in the thread. "Sorry for this mistake — we are clearly not
perfect, but we correct course quickly," he added.
Android Police reports the mistake occured more than 10 weeks ago —
and that referrer codes were also included for other
The browser's GitHub repository reveals the functionality was first
added on March 25th, and the current list of sites includes Binance,
Coinbase, Ledger, and Trezor. Brave Software receives a kickback for
purchases/accounts made with those services — for example, Coinbase
says that when you refer a new customer to the service, you can earn
50% of their fees for the first three months.
The nature of these affiliate programs also allows the referrer — in
this case, Brave Software — to view some amount of data about the
customers who sign up with the code. Coinbase's program provides
"direct access to your campaign's performance data," while Trezor
offers a "detailed overview of purchases."
programming language) tweeted, "For what it's worth there's a setting
to disable the autocomplete defaults that add affiliate codes, in
brave://settings first page. Current plan is to flip default to off as
shown here. You can disable ahead of our release schedule if you want
"Good to hear from supporters who'll enable it."'
-- source: https://it.slashdot.org/story/20/06/07/2217224
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