Linden Lab Violates User’s Privacy!
If you’ve been paying attention to the noise and brimfire surrounding zfRedZone and Linden Lab’s ongoing battle with the owner, zFire Xue … hang on tight because you haven’t seen anything yet. Would you believe that Linden Labs is purposely posting their user’s IP Addresses in publicly available form on a RUSSIAN WEBSITE?!? And it gets worse too. The site they’ve chosen to post them on has NO contact info and NO way to appeal the posting of the image and NO way to stop them being shared ALL over Facebook, Twitter and a whole host of other social media web sites.
The Start of the Problem
Not too long ago, Linden Lab turned off their Jive blog software and moved everyone over to their new Lithium Community Platform. With its introduction, they also installed a new staff of “Moderators”. As pointed out by Suspiria Finucane on her blog “Genn Moderator and the Gang (of forum thugs)“, the new Moderation is a sham and has already turned into a way to threaten and intimidate anyone speaking out against their friends.
I’ve never been one to keep my mouth shut, and I have received warnings from Mods before, but on the new Community Forums I received a warning for “harassment and personal attack” after I was harassed and personally attacked by one of Genn’s Thuggees. I addressed that in a previous post “Dear Mr. Humble …”
But it isn’t enough for these new “Moderators” to harass and intimidate the people they don’t like, now they’ve taken to divulging your private information. How delightful! Thank you Linden Lab … NOT!
The Proof is in the Screenshot
This new tactics of intimidating members of Second Life that aren’t in their “Inner Circle” involves sending them a PM (Private Message) through the Lithium platform, and including in that message a link to a “Screencap” of the message they claim is in violation. That screencap, a graphical image copy of the moderator’s computer screen, includes the “Violators” IP Address. Here is a portion of the screenshot they took of my “harassing and personally attacking post”.
I’ve blanked out the first two octets of my IP Address and the complete URL to this image, but it’s not passworded or locked in any way. Anyone can access it at any time. But that’s not even the worst part.
The Russian Connection
If you’ve been on the Internet for very long, you know that one of the WORST possible places to visit is a website hosted or run by a Russian company. China and Russia both have very little control of the people that use the Internet in their country, and they have even less interest in controlling it. So where did Linden Lab choose to post these screencap images that violate their own Terms of Service?
Yup, that’s right … a Russian Company. Thanks again Linden Lab, you’ve just plastered my IP Address on a Russian Website.
Am I Being Paranoid?
So about now you’re thinking I’m making a mountain out of a molehill. Surely there’s a lot of screencaps on that site and why would anyone care anyway? How would anyone know?
There’s a maxim that any wise person follows … if someone is hiding something, that means you probably should know what that is. So what is prntscr.com hiding? How about .. everything!
Go to their home page at http://prntscr.com Now look at that page carefully. Notice anything missing? How about “Contact Info”, “Feedback”, “Help”, “Support” or any other normal means of contacting the owners of the site. That info is just not there! I had to do a WHOIS to find out where they were located. I want to email them and have my private info removed from their site. But can I? Nope.
Linden Lab Has Stepped Across The Line
This act steps across the line in my book. Not only is Genn Moderator biased in the people he/she attacks, but now he/she is also posting the private info on a website with NO means of contact, no way to appeal the posting of this information .. and hosted in Russia!
Be advised Linden Lab … Your employees have broken the law, violated your own Terms of Service … and now they have exposed you to some SERIOUS legal action.
Frankly … I’m PISSED!