Porn site sued for history sniffing

Grumble site YouPorn is being sued for sneakily watching what its users did on-line.

According to posh news site Forbes, one-handed surfers were being tracked all over the Internet by YouPorn which sniffed about in the digital equivalent of their laundry basket, taking note of which sites they had visited and which links they had clicked.

Visited links, which are normally visible because they turn purple once they have been used, were logged and the information collected by YouPorn's parent company, Netherlands-based Midstream Media, according to the report.

The suit alleges that YouPorn, as well as other sites owned by the same outfit, has impermissibly accessed users' browsing history, breaking California's computer and consumer protection laws.

The class action is being brought about by unashamed Californians David Pitner and Jared Reagan, who didn't specify how often they had used the highly popular hard-core porn clip site.

YouPorn is one of the most visited sites on the Interweb, so any money weaselled out of the Dutch pornsters will have to be spread around pretty thinly. Unless, of course, people are unwilling to sign up to the class action in their millions. Hmmm.

YouPorn quietly removed the sneaky sniffing code at the end of November after it was rumbled by Forbes.