Renowned YouTube ‘personality‘ Tom Scott has accused Brave, the adblock browser, of unethical and probably illicit behavior by collecting BAT donations on his behalf from viewers without his consent. Mentioning via a ‘Twitter thread‘ posted on 21st Dec., Scott expressed that Brave is basically obtaining money beneath false pretexts from users as a result of he has not licensed the platform to gather donations on his behalf.
A serious embarrassment for the corporate that has campaigned against anti-competitive behavior by Facebook and Google, he conjointly alleged that the corporate is also in violation of the EU’s GDPR [General Data Protection Requirement] by keeping profiles unknown and distributing donations without consent.
Stating his initial grievance he added:
“This warning is prompted by Brave, who’ve been taking cryptocurrency donations “for me”, employing my name and photograph, without my consent. I asked them to not, and to refund anyone who’s donated; they said “we’ll see what we will be able to do” and that “refunds are impossible”. Hence if you thought you’d donate to me via Brave, the money (or their pseudo-money) won’t just reach me, and Brave’s terms say they might choose to simply keep it with themselves. it’s like they’re ‘providing this service’ for each creator on every platform. No opt-in, no consent.”
Adding further, Scott stated that he asked [Brave] for an evidence of how the practice of holding profile data on individuals and distributing donations to them without their information isn’t in violation of GDPR. At this he added, the contact person he was talking to at Brave merely stopped replying to his emails. As per him, Brave believes that enrolling each creator into the BAT system without the opt-out alternative and holding donations created to them without their consent is in ‘compliance‘ with privacy laws – a claim he disagrees with.
He conjointly expressed that Brave’s basis for this position – that a website name or YouTube channel URL isn’t in personally classifiable info – is “clearly” disputable as a result of GDPR rules such info as his property. Despite a move by Brave to clarify their policies and contemplate giving creators the selection to choose in or out, Scott expressed discontentedness with the situation as Brave might still acquire and hold donations on behalf of creators like him by default without their prior permission.
Concluding his thread, Scott stated that he has sent a proper right-to-be-forgotten request to Brave beneath GDPR info possession framework, moreover as a call for participation that all records of any donations collected on his behalf are deleted. Both of these requests he added, have been acknowledged by Brave that presently has a month to reply beneath GDPR rules.