Using Trakt with Kodi to “Track” Your Pirate Streaming: Smart or Stupid?

Using Trakt with Kodi to "Track" Your Pirate Streaming: Smart or Stupid?

Trakt is a service that markets itself using the tagline “automatically track what you’re watching.” It allows registered users to track which movies and TV shows they’ve watched, across multiple devices. Trakt also provides suggestions based on watch history, among other features.

Using Trakt with Kodi to "Track" Your Pirate Streaming: Smart or Stupid?

Trakt appears to be most popular among Kodi users, while also compatible with other media players such as Plex, MrMC, VLC, and Stremio. Once a user pairs their Kodi addons with Trakt, the service “keeps track” of exactly which movies and TV shows are streamed.

We looked over Trakt’s privacy policy, which openly states that they log “personally identifiable information” including IP addresses and device information. It also states that they will cooperate with governments, law enforcement, and civil subpoenas.

Let us be clear, we’re not against Trakt. In fact, we find their service quite nifty. We are however concerned about a service logging pirate activity, and whether that information could be used to initiate lawsuits against Kodi users, similar to torrent users have been the subject of lawsuits for years.

If a movie studio sued you after subpoenaing Trakt data, it would be very difficult to defend having watched the latest episode of Game of Thrones, or the latest in-theatre movie through Kodi.

And yes, since you paired your Kodi addon with Trakt, the fact that you watched a pirate stream through Kodi would likely be reflected clearly in their logs.

Using Trakt with Kodi to "Track" Your Pirate Streaming: Smart or Stupid?

Moral of the story: if you’re going to pirate, it’s probably not the best idea to allow an American company to “track” what you watch.

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