Posted by Alexander Hanff on April 22, 2015.
A friend of mine from Toronto got in touch with me today about a new service he is developing called Commeta. It immediately caught my attention as a privacy guy, because one of the fundamental problems with leaving comments on web sites is the requirement to give them your details – which means you are exposing your email and other personal details to every single web site you wish to comment on.
So when a friend of mine whom I know is actively involved in the privacy and security scene comes to me with a system like this, naturally my interest is piqued.
So let me briefly explain what Commeta is. Commeta is a browser plugin which sits on top of the web pages you view and is not in the control of the publisher – it allows anyone who has the plugin installed to leave and read comments on any web page. This has a number of benefits:
Another thing I like about this plugin is the fact that the developer is being transparent about revenue generation. The plugin will be supported by unobtrusive advertising which if based on the principles of Privacy by Design, will be done in a way which does not compromise the privacy of users. I will be doing everything I can to help make sure that this is the case and I am confident that Commeta can avoid the privacy issues which have plagued other systems in the past.
Commeta is currently seeking to $5000 CAD via a Kickstarter campaign, which is a very low amount and they are offering an ad-free code for 12 months to those who contribute $9.00 CAD or more – which to me seems like a good price point for a subscription based service and I would hope this structure remains in place once the project launches. If you want to help support Commeta, you can do so on their Kickstarter page https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/commeta/commeta-comment-anywhere-everywhere
Personally, I think it has great potential and I am looking forward to seeing how it develops.Submitted in: Alexander Hanff, News_privacy |