Users Sue YouPorn for Spying on Them
Site allegedly rummaged through browsing histories
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 7, 2010 2:21 PM CST
A screenshot of YouPorn's logo.   (YouPorn)

(Newser) – It seems YouPorn’s been a very naughty website. Two California men have filed a class-action lawsuit, complaining that the homemade smut site has been spying on users’ surfing histories. When users surfed to YouPorn, a Javascript looked through their history to see which links have been marked as “purple,” the usual color of a clicked link, Forbes explains. (The code has apparently since been removed.)

The lawsuit argues that such snooping is against California’s consumer protection laws and “violates Plaintiffs’ privacy interests.” YouPorn isn’t the only site reading your history, either. Academic researchers have found 46 sites using the same or similar technology, including heavyweights like Wired, PerezHilton, the Huffington Post, Technocrati, and the Sun. (Click here for another porn-related story.)

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Fry
Dec 8, 2010 5:20 PM CST
Getting bent out of shape about this is ridiculous. Every site you go to has many trackers that track where you came from, what links you navigated to within their site, and where you go when you leave. All this information on your habits is gathered and sold to whomever wants it. If you are concerned and want to try to block them (I do) and use Firefox, you can download the ghostery add on and block them. But even then, they are constantly updated. Here is a screenshot of this very article, you will notice in the upper right hand corner a list of ghosting trackers. Even from the last time I was here one has been added.. http://i.imgur.com/io4zs.jpg
UmbrellaExecutive
Dec 7, 2010 10:55 PM CST
This just in YouPorn. The only people allowed to spy on us is the government. Get your shit together.
flapstick
Dec 7, 2010 8:14 PM CST
i fucking love YouPorn