Designers have created a ‘bundle’ of websites, including one called ‘Godaddy’ that’s selling ‘gifts’ to those who log into its website and share their photos and videos.
But many say the site is an easy way for people to sell their personal information.
“If we allow this type of service to be allowed in Canada, we’re inviting a whole host of problems,” says Jason McWilliams, a senior product manager at The Globe and Mail.
“We’re inviting the same problems that have plagued people who have tried to sell or give out their personal data through other platforms.”
“It is a marketing tool that’s been around for years and years.
I’m not saying that it’s inherently bad, but it’s not a good solution.”
McWilliams says the site doesn’t offer much in the way of information on how to use it.
Instead, it offers a host of questions to help people figure out what’s going on.
For example, the site asks users to “find your closest Godaddy friend.”
But a “friend” isn’t really a friend, according to McWilliams.
Godaddy is essentially a platform that lets people create their own online community and make it available to other users.
It’s an easy target because it offers so many different ways to get a person’s info, he says.
“The fact that they have a marketplace for that, I think, is really important to understand and it should be an area where we’re focusing on as a company.”
But McWilliams believes the site’s “bounty” functionality is a bit of a giveaway.
“I’m not sure how this is a good use of Godaddy’s resources,” he says, adding that Godaddy could do better to offer more information on its services.
“This is a website that people will have to use to make their online lives easier.”
Godaddy doesn’t have any advertising or social media features, and the site only features some of its users.
McWilliams adds that GodDaddy isn’t even allowed to advertise directly to anyone, instead, GodDiamac offers a “bundle” of ads that appear as a small thumbnail of an image.
“In order to get this sort of money, I’m just guessing that Goddaddy is paying some guy or woman to do it,” he adds.
“But it’s a little bit disingenuous that they’re advertising on this platform, because they’re not actually paying the guy or girl to do this.
I think that the ‘bounties’ part is a little disingenuous, because it’s essentially just an opportunity for people who already have a bunch of data to make money from their personal lives.”
McWilliam says Godaddy has been “trying to do a good job” for years, and he thinks the company has done a good enough job of keeping users informed about what’s happening on its site.
But the problem is that it doesn’t really offer a way to control the content that users see on the site, McWilliams notes.
“They’ve got a lot of content, but they don’t have a way for users to control it.”
In a statement sent to CBC News, Godaddy says it takes the privacy and security of all users seriously.
“While we may not always agree on every aspect of the business practices of our business, we are committed to the principles of openness, privacy and integrity that make us unique among online platforms,” the company said.
GodDia is currently accepting donations through its GoFundMe page.
“GodDia will never share your personally identifiable information without your explicit consent, and we do not store your information in our servers, which is completely separate from your information collected through the GoFundme platform,” the statement said.
GodDiac said it also plans to release updates to the site to make it easier for users who want to report potential abuse or to flag potential privacy violations.
But McWilliam worries that while GodDias website is clearly designed to get users to buy items, it’s also an easy place for people with no idea what they’re doing to share personal information with the site.
“There’s not really any way for them to tell if the information they’re selling is legit or not,” he said.
And GodDica also says that if anyone uses their service for anything other than advertising, it will have “no bearing on the privacy of your information.”
GodDaddy says it has never received complaints from anyone about the site and says it’s never had any issues with people selling their personal info to the platform.
“Every customer who has purchased GodDicad has also received a thank you card with a link to their GodDac profile,” GodDama wrote in a statement emailed to CBC.
“Any information you’ve purchased through our site will be used to