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Could It Be? Adobe Hops Into Spy Game With Omniture
UPDATE December 28 – 7PM Eastern – Adobe has replied to the concerns
Dan over at UneasySilence has found some interesting screens inside of the Adobe CS3 applications. He notes, "When you launch a CS3 application the application pings out to what looks like an IP address – and internal IP address: 192.168.112.2O7."
Now any tech geek knows that looks like an internal address and that Adobe has always monitored who is using their software on the network to make sure everything is legit. In fact I remember back to working at an elementary school in Brooklyn in the early days and getting buzzed about reg issues on the network.
But if you look closely at the IP address above, the 2O7 part looks weird – turns out it’s not the number two-hundred-seven but it’s actually two-letter-O-seven and that domain is owned by Web analytics firm Omniture. It seems so spyware-ish to make it look to the ordinary geek that it’s an internal address. In fact, many of the very evil phishing scams use these type of urls (bankofamerica.com vs. bank0famerica.com, etc.). I am not suggesting that Adobe is doing anything wrong, but it just seems out of character for the very much loved graphics manufacturer.
There is an opt-out on the Omniture site however I can’t picture that it works within the CS3 application as all it does is place a cookie on my machine.
You know that most consumers will have no idea this tracking is going on behind the scenes and even if they do, it seems you need to go to the Omniture site to opt-out. So that means that the data will still be sent from the application.
So I ask, should Adobe (NASDAQ: ADBE) offer you the option to decline this tracking when you install CS3? Let’s hope we hear from Adobe and their staff of Web evangelists on this matter soon.
Shame on Adobe, shame.