Privacy in SL

Sadly, we are leaving the bunny trade as soon as the food runs out, because spending money at an establishment running RedZone (or any other spyware device) goes against our principles. Ozimals is one such business. We love our bunnies, but we can’t support datamining.

Update, 15 March: RedZone bricked and its creator banned

Update: Ozimals have apparently discontinued use of RedZone at the main store, at least for the time being. Of course, they’ve already scanned countless customers to add to the alt-matching database, and no apology has been issued. While I’m not calling for any sort of boycott, they’re still not getting any more of my money. This whole thing has left a bad taste in my mouth.

For information about RedZone and similar privacy-invading “security” systems, here are a few good starting points:

Media and Privacy (useful tutorial @ Living in a Modem World)
The Hydra: Privacy Problems Expand as Linden Lab Play Catch-up [Search Engine Watch]
Second Life Vs RedZone Saga: The Symptoms & The Cure [Search Engine Watch]
Spies, Lies & Cold Hard Cash: Second Life Erupts In a War Over Privacy [Search Engine Watch]
The Bitter Harvest: The Redzone Saga Continues (Linden Lab Has a Problem on Its Hands) [Search Engine Watch]
Redzone Ist KAPUT (funny YouTube video with NSFW language); Redzone ist KAPUT: Part Deux
RedZone: security, scam, or scraping? [Living in a Modem World]
SL JIRA, VWR-24746 RedZone Security violates TOS, exposes private information and is being misused
SL Universe thread, ZF Redzone, Disclosure of SecondLife Alts (huuuge but informative thread; read this post on page 150 for a fair sum-up to that point; here’s a summary of pages 150 to 202; and here’s 202 to 230; annnd 230 to 263; 263 to 300; 300 to 328; 328 to 356; 356 to 381; 381 to 409; 409 to 421) thread closed due to hugeness and continued in …
SL Universe, Redzone Epic Thread Part Deux (summary of posts 1 to 635; 636 to 1693; 1694 to 2209; 2210 to 2287; 2288 to 3352; 3353 to 3995; 3996 to 4701; 4702 to 5637; 5638 to 6480—zFire banned; 6481 to 7290; 7291 to 8061; 8062 to 8589)
• Blog: no2redzone
RedZone users forum: see what type of person is spying on you (dodgy site, sent through a proxy for your protection)
• Lest we forget: Emerald, Onyx and the Client Detection System [CDS]

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