Vivaldi banner is planting tracking cookies



  • I am very angry, and disappointed by Vivaldi. Being a long time user of Opera, I was excited to see this Vivaldi project, and in fact it has even been my main browser for weeks now. So I wanted to "spread the word". In a forum, I changed my signature and used an official Vivaldi banner : https://vivaldi.com/buttons/ Imagine my surprise when I received today this private message from the administrator of the forum : [quote]Hey, A couple of users have quietly pointed out that the Vivaldi banner you have in your sig is planting tracking cookies. I understand all you did was hotlink to the source image, but apparently those guys at that project are jerks since that kind of thing is pretty sleazy :P Is there any chance you could put the image up on imgur or something and hotlink it from there instead?[/quote] Of course I instantly deleted the banner. You lost several potential users, and probably me.



  • Wouldn't it be fair to check the truth of this allegation before deciding the verdict?
    Hopefully the basis for your post's title wasn't only 'A couple of users have quietly pointed out'.
    At least Vivaldi's team should be given the opportunity to describe their point of view in advance of such an accusation.


  • Vivaldi Team

    Hi Elgar,
    I assume you a referring to the cfduid cookie.
    We are using CloudFlare as a CDN for vivaldi.com and they set this cookie for security reasons.
    This cookie is not used to track users or to store any personally identifiable information.

    Please see the following link for more information: https://support.cloudflare.com/hc/en-us/articles/200170156-What-does-the-CloudFlare-cfduid-cookie-do-

    Regards,
    Ísak



  • @Elgar:

    I am very angry, and disappointed by Vivaldi.

    Being a long time user of Opera, I was excited to see this Vivaldi project, and in fact it has even been my main browser for weeks now. So I wanted to "spread the word".

    In a forum, I changed my signature and used an official Vivaldi banner : https://vivaldi.com/buttons/

    Imagine my surprise when I received today this private message from the administrator of the forum :

    Hey,

    A couple of users have quietly pointed out that the Vivaldi banner you have in your sig is planting tracking cookies. I understand all you did was hotlink to the source image, but apparently those guys at that project are jerks since that kind of thing is pretty sleazy :P

    Is there any chance you could put the image up on imgur or something and hotlink it from there instead?

    Of course I instantly deleted the banner. You lost several potential users, and probably me.

    I read this on the internet, so it must be true

    Oh come on man



  • @isak:

    Hi Elgar,
    I assume you a referring to the cfduid cookie.
    We are using CloudFlare as a CDN for vivaldi.com and they set this cookie for security reasons.
    This cookie is not used to track users or to store any personally identifiable information.

    Please see the following link for more information: https://support.cloudflare.com/hc/en-us/articles/200170156-What-does-the-CloudFlare-cfduid-cookie-do-

    Regards,
    Ísak

    Thank you for your reply, Isak, much appreciated. I understand that you can't serve a cookieless domain through CloudFlare. I still don't see though how CloudFlare can claim that there is a security value in placing tracking cookies on someone's machine…

    Anyway, it's a shame that instead of spreading the word about Vivaldi this banner made you lose some potential users (this forum I spend time in is full of tech-savvy and libertarian people).

    As for me, I will probably continue to use Vivaldi for now, but the banners and buttons, no thanks.


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