VPN (Virtual Private Network)Services Provides a privacy, security to Access the Blocked Content and maintain the user’s Privacy on the Internet and ensure the user’s activities anonymous, private and secure.
The Investigation made by The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), a digital rights advocacy group, Hotspot Shield was Played unclear Data sharing and Redirection of their customer data and their Privacy information.
A Compliant Register by Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) that, Hotspot Shield Free Virtual Private Network (VPN) services failed to Maintain their Promise with their Customer Privacy secure, private, and anonymous internet Access.
But they do not collect any information about the stored logs associated with the concern IP Address including the online Activities, Email ID, Mobile number, credit card information.
Also Claimed that Automatically collected information for generating “Hash” or “Virtual” IP Address.
Failed to Maintain Their Promises
According to Hotspot Shield, Any browsing information or other similar information relating to your online activities transmitted by you to our servers when using Hotspot Shield is cleared after your VPN ‘session’ is closed.
But it’s unclear that what extend records of browsing habits and other usage logs are attached to virtual, proxy IP addresses or other unique identifiers.
“Hotspot Shield tells customers that their privacy and security are ‘guaranteed’ but their actual practices starkly contradict this,” said Michelle De Mooy, Director of CDT’s Privacy & Data Project, in a statement. “They are sharing sensitive information with third party advertisers and exposing users’ data to leaks or outside attacks.”
Further analysis of Hotspot Shield’s reverse-engineered source code revealed that the VPN uses more than five different third-party tracking libraries, contradicting statements that Hotspot Shield ensures anonymous and private web browsing.
As Per the Legal Analysis Hotspot Shield VPN’s Claims About Privacy and Security Are Deceptive Trade Practices.
According to Investigation Report A company’s “representation, omission, or practice” is considered deceptive under Section 5 of the FTC Act if it is likely to mislead a consumer acting reasonably under the circumstances and is likely to affect a consumer’s conduct or decision regarding a product or service.