Controversy: Brave browser adds referral codes to typed URLs

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The open source browser Brave, which is famous for focusing on user privacy, has been caught adding referral codes to URLs that are typed in the address bar.

Twitter user @ cryptonator1337 It has been noticed that when someone enters the binance.us address manually in the address bar, Brave auto populates this URL with a referral code.

While this is not a privacy issue, it is not something that users expect from an application that is strong in the 'total transparency' of its operation.

Of course, referral codes are not only added on Binance, this is also the case on other sites such as Ledger, Trezor, and Coinbase.

The fix is ​​on the way

Brave founder and current CEO, Brendan Eich, has responded on Twitter explaining that this issue is being resolved right now and In the next update the referral codes will be completely removed.

"We have a partnership with Binance as an affiliate, the code identifies us, not you”, I answer on the social network.

At the beginning of the year, Brave and the cryptocurrency service Binance signed an agreement that allows users to trade cryptocurrencies in a new browser tab without the need for another application.

As explained in different social networks that have followed the news, the codes for these sites are added both on mobile and desktop. A fix is ​​on the way, we hope it will arrive anytime on all Brave-compatible platforms.


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  1.   Patrick said

    Hello. I am a new Brave user and I have registered in Uphold and the fact is that to verify me it asks me for a photo of a document such as ID, Passport or similar and a photo of me type ID. How legit is Uphold? I ask because I find that requesting this type of documentation is serious. Can anyone advise me?
    Thank you, greetings.

    1.    Diego German Gonzalez said

      Hi Patrik
      This practice is common in most cryptocurrency services. I registered last year and had no problem.
      If you have an older edition of the document you can use that for capture as an extra precaution.