The signers of this petition insist that Linden Lab (Linden Research, Inc.) take stronger measures to protect our privacy. We all have agreed to the Second Life (service offered by Linden Lab) Terms of Service and Community Standards in order to access Second Life. In agreeing with the Terms of Service and Community Standards we expect that Linden Lab has a responsibility to protect our privacy and other rights.
The issue behind this petition is that we do not feel Linden Lab is doing all it can to protect our rights of privacy. Due to the nature of the Second Life server and client software it is possible for any resident in Second Life to gather information that infringes on our privacy.
The information that can be gathered includes our IP address, Second Life avatar's name and most any information that is viewable in our profile. None of these items by themselves are very damaging but there is now (and for at least the past year) is to associate our IP with our Second Life avatar names and other information found in our profile such as payment info, start date and more. Additionally this practice also gathers and stores information about the Second Life client software we use.
We feel this collecting and storing our IP/Second Life avatar name is intolerable and that Linden Lab needs to take strong measures to stop this practice.
Additionally some of these systems also place a "cookie" on our PC without our knowledge, this is also intolerable to us.
None of this gathering of our IP/username combinations nor the storing of cookies via our Second Life client software is done with our knowledge or consent and may in fact violate many laws in many countries.