Back to catalog
RealPlayer, formerly RealAudio Player, RealOne Player and RealPlayer G2, is a cross-platform media player app, developed by RealNetworks.
RealPlayer is spyware that reports all of the media you consume using it to its developers. It uses information that it obtains through this spyware to build detailed profiles of its users, such as what media they consume and what physical locations they visit, fingerprints of their computers, etc., as well as using information from other spyware services like Facebook and Twitter to build these profiles. Realplayer knows what media you watch, what your physical location is, what computers you use, and it uses this information for advertising.
"Such information can include...Information relating to your use of our products and services, for example information relating to photographs or videos you upload to RealPlayer or add to RealTimes, content you download using RealPlayer including domains associated with such content, geo-location information or patterns associated with photographs or videos to enable features in RealTimes, and activities on our websites such as pages visited;" 
So, because of this vauge wording, it can only be assumed that RealPlayer has access to all of the media that you consume using it.
What is especially agregious about this policy is that is designed to create detailed profiles of the user. RealPlayer specifically mentions that when it uses it's spyware to access your photos, it will search for "geo-location information", as well as "patterns associated with photographs or videos". This is worded in a (somewhat) innocent way but it tells a lot about what this spyware is for. "Patterns" associated with media implies that RealPlayer is using the information it collects on its users for facial recognition.
RealPlayer also fingerprints the hardware you use:
"Such information can include...Information about your computer or mobile device such as your unique device ID (persistent/ non-persistent, MAC or IMEI), hardware, software, platform, and Internet Protocol (IP) address." 
"we sometimes receive information from third parties such as...Service providers that help us determine your device’s location based on its IP address to customize certain products to your location" 
So, this is proof that RealPlayer is designed to track your physical location.
RealPlayer clearly states that all of the information that it collects about its users are sold to advertisers:
"When you visit our website or use our products or services, certain third-party companies can collect information as part of serving ads, providing analytics services, or delivering content or plug-ins." 
This article was last edited on 8/13/2018
If you want to edit this article, or contribute your own article(s), email me at email@example.com. All contributions must be liscenced under the CC0 liscence to be accepted.