Tracking Pixels in Superhuman
Superhuman may have crossed the line into surveillance land.
I read a post today by Mike Davidson, in which he asserts that Superhuman, the new email wunderapp from Rahul Vohra (formerly of Rapportive) is using tracking pixels that cannot be disabled:
Superhuman calls this feature “Read Receipts” and turns it on by default for its customers, without the consent of its recipients. You’ve heard the term “Read Receipts” before, so you have most likely been conditioned to believe it’s a simple “Read/Unread” status that people can opt out of. With Superhuman, it is not.
In a tweet, Davidson stated,
Superhuman is a surveillance tool that intentionally violates privacy by notifying senders every time their emails have been viewed by recipients. I would never trust this company. Only way to make sure your own privacy isn’t violated is to disable images in your own email app.
Until this is all settled, I will wait on the sidelines.