As you have probably read elsewhere by now, yesterday, Phil Linden announced that the Emerald Viewer was no longer a Second Life approved viewer. The reason he gave was the usage of malicious code in older versions of the viewer which were used to lanuch denial of service activity against another web publication. However, as I reported yesterday, there was other problems with data mining that violated the privacy of 16,000 users.
Although I refuse, as a matter of principle, to use any non- approved viewer, I do not think any casual users will be banned from Second Life for using Emerald. Linden Labs is still enabling Emerald log-ins and as long as these are allowed, I do not think anyone will get banned from Second Life for violating TOS for using a non-approved viewer.
The language of Phil Linden is a bit suggestive of this:
"We have not yet disabled logins via the Emerald viewer, but will do so if we feel the software and the team behind it is not able to meet the standards we’ve set".
There are simply too many users for Linden to ban anyone right now because they are using the Emerald Viewer. Saying that, I am notoriously bad at predictions, so please use your own judgment.
Thanks for Reading, Eddi