On Campbell Live’s crusade for privacy

A reader emails:

The Campbell Live crusade is attracting plenty of people to their website complaining about being spied on.

Few realise that by posting messages they have agreed that Campbell Live can “browser fingerprint” them, thereby tracking their track their internet use…regardless of whether they have cookies turned off (as browser fingerprinting tracks internet use without cookies).

They probably don’t know that they have given Campbell Live permission to pass on their internet use information to third parties, government authorities, or whoever they want.

Seems a bit rich that Campbell is campaigning against spying when he collects far more private information on the general public (with no warrant) than the GSCB ever will.

For more info just check out the privacy policy at the bottom of the Campbell Live site.  

And so I did…oh look what information Campbell Live collects on you.

During the course of dealing with you, MediaWorks will collect basic personal information about you, including but not limited to your name, address and contact details.


Right so they collect more but cant be bothered telling you just exactly what they collect.

What about those cool txt polls that all the cool kids enjoy manipulating?

When initiating contact with MediaWorks via mobile phone (ie. including but not  limited to sending MediaWorks a text), the phone number from which the text was sent will be stored in a database.

Riiiight, so all those slavering along behind John Campbell’s campaign fro freedom don’t trust the government, who will need a warrant to spy on you, but happily hand over personal details to a corporate?

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.