The Brave open source browser, which became famous for its focus on user privacy, was caught adding referral codes to certain URLs that users enter in the address bar.
The revelation was made by the Twitter user @ cryptonator1337 (his findings have gone viral on other social media as well as reddit). The cryptonator1337 observed that every time someone enters binance.us manually in the address bar, Brave browser automatically fills in the URL with a referral code.
This may not be a matter of privacy, but it is not appropriate for its users browser who expect nothing more than complete transparency from the application developer.
As it turns out, referral codes are added not only to Binance's address, but also to other sites such as Ledger, Trezor and Coinbase.
Brave CEO and co-founder Brendan Eich has already answered on Twitter, explaining that this is something that will be resolved immediately, and all affiliate passwords will be removed in the next update.
"We work with Binance and this code identifies us," Eich explained.
Earlier this year, Brave and crypto exchange Binance signed a partnership that effectively allowed users to exchange cryptocurrencies directly on the new tab page without the need for other applications.
"All major browsers do this for search partner offers (internal features in the case of Chrome, also monitor logged in users). We used typed-in domains, but we have already fixed it ", added Eich.
It appears that referral codes are added to the sites listed above on both your computer and mobile. According to the developer, a repair has already started, so you should wait for the update that will resolve this issue on all platforms that Brave can install.