" NEXTDOOR CHATHAM: Many of you on-line have probably gotten invitations to join this site. But we wanted to make sure you know that this site purports to be a sharing/connect community site but instead is really a dataa mining site for BING, the Internet browser, owned by Microsoft.. Every time you visit this site, or post something on this site, MMicrosoft is planting cookies that track your purchase patterns, where you live, your race, age and anything else they can learn on your computer.. Most of you don’t know how to remove those cookies so they can’t track everything you do–– and it’s getting harder. If you are on Facebook and connected that way; well, you just added more “Big Brother” into your life. This is insidious marketing! We just wanted you to be aware! The old “Everyblock” was truly an outreach community site. Of course, they’ve been sold to another corporation too."
After seeing the posts, I contacted our City Field Organizer, Jaeson Santana. He dug into the allegations and provided the following response:
Nextdoor absolutely does NOT cookie a user’s computer for data mining purposes. We do not allow any advertising on the platform, hence we are not collecting data for marketing or sales related efforts. With that said, EVERY web browser - Bing - Google - Firefox - Sea Monkey- Yahoo, et al - ALL cookie a user's computer for exactly that reason. This is how they mine data to push focused advertising to a user. Facebook and Google are famous for this. There are a few very easy ways to avoid being cookied when you browse the internet. I am happy to assist anyone in your neighborhood adjust their browser privacy settings if they would like. They may reach me via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for bringing this to my attention.