Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Privacy policy already revised w/o any notice (Or just because the developers haven't told us the truth before):

"The current version of SkipScreen incorporates two third-party tools that collect their own usage data: Google Search, and AddThis (http://addthis.com).

After downloading a file, you'll see a post-download page that offers links for sharing that file, and two Google search boxes for searching for more files to download (one for SkipScreen compatible sites, and one for torrents).

The Google search boxes load a script from google.com, so using SkipScreen (even if you don't search for anything) has similar privacy implications as visiting google.com. We don't think this will be a big deal for most users, who probably use google regularly anyway. But if you have any questions you should refer to Google's privacy policy: http://www.google.com/privacy.html

One of the AddThis share links is coded in such a way that it loads a script from AddThis every time you use SkipScreen. To minimize privacy concerns, the next version of SkipScreen will change the way we use AddThis so that it loads AddThis only when the user clicks on the "More..." or "tell a friend" links in the post download page. If you have any questions you should look at AddThis's privacy policy: http://www.addthis.com/privacy "

Not a big deal if you use Google regularly?! Are you kidding?

Even if you use Google, it doesn't mean that Google know what file you download from other sharing websites every time.

I won't say it is a "spyware" but if you use it, just bear in mind, you trade some of your privacy for the usage of this addon, that's the point.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.1.04162009). 

New preference pane / privacy

Hey, thanks for writing. First, I'm not sure that our script does give Google any information about what page you were on when the google search was loaded, since we are loading that page from within the script. Looking into that now. If it does, and there's a way to avoid this, we'll fix it as soon as possible.

But I think the most important thing is that people be able to turn off the post-download page entirely if that's what they want to do. Tons of people really like it (we've had requests to make that search page *more* available) but other people think it's a drag, either for aesthetic reasons or because of a (healthy ;) suspicion of Google.

The preference pane will also let you turn skipscreen on and off for specific sites, and in coming releases it will give you site-specific options (e.g. "let me listen to that zshare mp3 before downloading" or "I have a mega premium account, always pick mega from sharebee"). I know this was one of the things that you requested in a previous review, so hopefully you'll find this good news on two fronts :)

If there's anything else we can do to tidy things up on our end, let us know. We're developing this in our spare time, so it's hard to catch every detail.

Re: the privacy policy, we've changed it with each release to reflect the code that's in there, and the Addons editors pay close attention to whether the code matches the privacy policy, so users don't have to take our word for it. When we added the sharing features, I noted the google stuff in the privacy policy but forgot about Addthis. Our editor pointed it out and we changed the privacy policy either that day or the next. No subterfuge whatsoever. And in the next release, Addthis will just be a link that gets loaded if you click on it, not a script that gets loaded with the page.

As far as notice goes, I'm not sure what tools AMO makes available for notifications of changes in privacy policy, other than the changelog perhaps. If you have any suggestions of how we should give people notification *before* a release, definitely let us know and we'll try making that part of our release process.