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Video blogger accused Brave’s BAT payments system of fraud

Video blogger accused Brave browser of fraud

YouTube-blogger Tom Scott has stated that the Brave browser breaking the law by collecting donations from the audience on his behalf that he did not consent. This became known after Scott published the relevant post to his Twitter.

The blogger also said that the company probably violates the General Data Protection Regulation, opening the collection of funds without the knowledge of the creator of content and preserving the anonymity of people making donations. If this is true, then the creators of Brave can cause serious problems, although they recently participated in the campaign against anticompetitive conduct, running Facebook and Google.

Tom Scott wrote:

"The cause of this warning is a company called the Brave, who’ve been taking cryptocurrency donations supposedly for me. They used my name and photo, although I didn't give them permission. I asked to return the collected funds to the donaters, but I was told that the "return impossible". If you were sure that all of your donations meant for me, you are mistaken. Brave declares that all deposited funds, they may to just keep it themselves. It seems that such "services" they provide to each author on each platform, without waiting for their consent."

Question Scott about how the practice of storing user data and distribution of donations, without their knowledge, are coordinated with the General Data Protection Regulation remained unanswered — contact person of Brave simply stopped responding to his messages. According to the blogger, Brave believes that the registration of each author in the payment system BAT without an opt-out choice and holding donations made to them without their consent is in complies with the privacy laws.

Scott also said that Brave adheres to this position, because the domain name or the URL YouTube channel is not information, which can be used to identify the person. However, this statement is very doubtful — General Data Protection Regulation states that such information is his property. Although Brave explained its policy and even considered the possibility of innovations to content authors so they can decide for themselves whether they want donations or not, Tom Scott is still unhappy. In his opinion, Brave can still receive and store donations for authors, obtained without their consent.

Finally, the blogger said that he has already sent a formal right-to-be-forgotten request to Brave under GDPR data ownership framework, as well as a request that all records of any donations collected on his behalf are deleted. Scott argues that Brave has received both requests. According to the rules of the General Data Protection Regulation, the company must give an answer within a month.


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