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?

The Site places a cookie on the hard drive of your computer. A “cookie” is a file which allows us to track and target the interests of users. While we recommend that users enable cookies on their browsers in order to enjoy all the features of the Site, the decision remains in the hands of the individual. (The management of cookies will be MediaWorks NZ Limited).

What about browser fingerprinting?

A technique called browser fingerprinting may be used by our systems to uniquely identify computing devices, but not individuals.

Browser fingerprinting cannot be controlled by user configured browser settings in the same way as cookies. By using this site you are agreeing to the use of browser fingerprinting as described.


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  • maninblack


  • cows4me

    But mediaworks is a “nice” corporation and would never think of using you personal information for corporate gains. No doubt Campbell’s legions of shallow thinkers will be rushing to express their outrage at the GCSB bill. Quite frankly they deserve the GCSB bill, they are a danger to themselves and the country.

  • Agent BallSack

    It’s vastly amusing that the government needs a warrant to collect this sort of information, yet the lefty fucktards are handing it over without a thought to a media outlet.

    • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

      Campbell bro is the champion of personal freedom. As long as you know that and give your personal bank details to him, you will be saved.

      • Bunswalla

        Happy to give him my personal bank details – any help with the overdraft will be gratefully received!

        • Patrick

          Fortunately for you Shearer being a socialist & all – he will want to share some of his millions in his offshore bank account with you. I mean we are all about a fairer society aren’t we & those that can afford to should pay more, if he was being true to his word & all…….I am sure I read somewhere that Hellun was opening up some of her investment properties to help the homeless…….

      • tarkwin

        Is he Nigerian?

        • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

          Wait for an email from gnome saying you have won a prize in Campbell lottery scheme and the prize is a candle light dinner date with FatCon!!! How romantic!

          • tarkwin

            Darien is the only one for me, I often while away the hours looking at that photo you so generously sent me from your collection. Time for a lie down.(obviously!)

          • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

            I am in non-stop vomit mode now….

          • tarkwin

            Wasn’t my best work.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    I have no sympathy for the people who visit the garden gnome’s web site. They deserve this. No point complaining. Take that on the chin and move on.

  • James

    I wonder what their definition of “using the site” is? Does just visiting it once, reading the privacy policy and saying “fuck off” and not going back leave the cookies and browser fingerprinting? Or do you need to continue to click through? And what if you follow a “bit.ly” link to pages within their site unknowingly?
    Is there a way of saying no and opting out? Otherwise it isn’t like you have a choice as to whether or not to agree to their policy and, so, I can’t see how they can say that they have your agreement.

  • Rodger T

    LoL Campbell Live , just remember,

  • Never in the dark…..

    browser fingerprint example =https://panopticlick.eff.org/

    EDIT: Or this http://www.optimisationbeacon.com/analytics/refining-or-avoiding-unique-browser-fingerprinting/

  • LesleyNZ

    This is a bit scary. Why does Campbell Live need your name, email address and physical address in order for you to vote in their poll? What is their real motive? Pretty sneaky and cunning. How many other polls, websites, face book pages do the same thing? I think we will need an amendment to the GCSB bill that protects us from the kind of sneaky spying that Campbell Live is doing. How many have unwittingly signed their privacy away to TV3? Very wrong Campbell Live.

    • Patrick

      Don’t you ever wonder how those telemarketers that phone at dinner time get your details? Lucrative business harvesting folks details & then on selling to marketing companies. Your age, income bracket, ethnicity etc etc are always asked when entering competitions etc – why? I very rarely give my correct details but still got caught out recently, got a call about a competition I had supposedly entered, “you have won a prize, not the main prize but still a good one……all you have to do is give our investment guru 30 minutes of your time & attend a free seminar. Oh & by the way do you have $100k equity in your home?”

    • Bryan

      they are only following the scum British press who now want if you want to comment on their sites, name, email address, facebook page , address Book !!
      and load cookies on to your machine and all this after their phone hacking scandel’ they now are trying to fool everyone into giving them all so they cannot be accused of spying and then they will tell you they have found the news yea rigth like they tells us yesterday on Tv 1 and 3 about the Russains stopping Fonterra imports hullo !! we all read that on internet 5 days ago

  • CheesyEarWax

    But but Campbell Live is a trust worthy, very impartial, with very skilled journalists that asks the hard questions, leading current affairs programme.

    • Agent BallSack

      I hereby award you the daily Sarcasm in a Sentence Award

  • JeffDaRef

    Campbell being a righteous hypocrite – fancy that….

  • blokeintakapuna

    Would Media Works actually “sell” this private info as part of their IP should they again be placed into receivership, or are wound up?

    Seems – everyone’s private info is up for sale to the highest bidder in such an instance?
    I look forward to Campbell’s expose on the matter of Corporate’s selling a 3rd parties info once they head into receivership…

  • tarkwin

    This is scary. I was on their web site the other day voting in favour of the bill under Russel Normans name. I hope they don’t think that communist wanker lives in my computer. I’m going to have to wear a tin foil hat from now on.

    • MarcWills

      Christ, and I voted on behalf of Kim.com. Any moment now I expect the Feds will arrive overhead and storm the… well, suburban home I sent it from. But I did put his address as Coatsville, will the Keystone cops see through that?

  • infusednz

    Internet laws are a bit out of date. Lucky, newer browsers stop this from happening (IE10 and 11, chrome latest)

  • Lee

    Please, in reality, browser fingerprinting is about as reliable as a politician.

  • Phar Lap

    Saw the little slobber mouth on Monday night peddling his lies on GCSB .Was wondering how the bankrupt TV3 channel can get away with so much misinformation.To make it even worse, who is actually paying the little left of left meglamaniac.Even madam lash, alias Helen Clark called him a little bastard,or words to that effect.

    • Quintin Hogg

      Thank you for taking one for the team PL, but why?

      • Phar Lap

        Why? If he told the truth.All is happening here is Campbell is protecting a Lie-bour Party plus so “called green party'” 2003 badly written legislation.Not forgetting one of the main 2003 architects of the bill Grant Robertson.The National Government is cleaning up the mentioned parties mess.Yet you ask but” WHY”?. Campbell obviously does not believe in NZ national security, and has a desire to mislead the potential National voters of NZ,seems forever in his misguided psyche.

        • Steve

          Labour and the Greens also track users of their website… lots of Cookies being dropped by those sites!

          • Steve

            Oh, forgot to mention.. The both use Google Analytics which gives you the option of anonymizing users IP addresses….. neither the Greens or Labour have taken up that option…. Which in my book says a lot…. The GCSB tracking international paedophile rings = bad, The Green Party tracking visitors to their website = Good.

  • LesleyNZ

    Just seen the PM with John Campbell. Talk about Campbell paper shuffling! Clearly irritated that he has been slam dunked by the PM! Bordering on immature and rude journalism – John Campbell has been misinforming the public for TV3’s gain. Shameful journalism.

  • Phar Lap

    Just watched small change Campbell getting his arse handed to himself on a plate.by our man for all seasons and reasons John Key.Campbell got smashed to smithereens.Will be surprised if he is seen on the bankrupt TV3 Channel for at least the rest of the week. Hope slobberer Campbell apologises for all the lies he has made up on the GCSB.

    • Just watching the interview now on the TV3 plus-one channel. That could just be the best interview that John Key has given in five years as PM. He was absolutely on his game, and clearly stunned Campbell.

      Key was quite simply superb; there’s no other word for it.

      • LesleyNZ


  • Euan Mason

    So let’s see, your logic is, tv3 collects some info on website visitors, and so it’s ok for the GCSB to store all our metadata and for future PMs to have absolute control on the use of that metadata, thereby potentially exposing opponents, journalists’ sources and whistleblowers. Yeeees. Great line of logic there, whaleoil.