Brave is Spyware

Please address the following article featuring testing indicating Brave is spyware:

That page is a bit repetitive: it’s only about five ideas, but repeating them so much that they get a three-screen long page.

Basically, they say:

1- Autoupdates cannot be disabled (I’m not sure what they mean, because Brave lets me postpone updates, or even skip them --if the claim is about your browser notifying of its version anytime you start it, well, it’s true, but I wouldn’t consider that as “spyware”).

2- Whitelisting spyware from Facebook and Twitter (Hrmmm??? Is that page serious or joking? I mean, what on Earth is that page talking about Facebook or Twitter if their topic is spyware? Is it claiming that you can be an anti-spyware advocate, yet at the same time have an account at Facebook and Twitter? Nonsense. At the same time, I can understand that Brave tries to be functional to people who --for reasons completely unknown to me-- decide to waste their time and lose their privacy at Facebook or Twitter, so perhaps it needs to whitelist some spyware, but even in that case it makes sense: if you don’t care about your privacy, you cannot teach lessons on spyware).

3- Supposedly list of partners (Honestly, this is the only thing where that page may hold a point: I admit I don’t like the idea of the browser having partners that show through the source code or the requests).

4- Google is the default search engine (I don’t think this is a point: as a matter of fact, I use DDG most of the time, but still, there are some searches where DDG still fails, and you need Google: in these cases, using Google through a browser that aims to protect privacy makes a lot of sense IMHO).

5- Brave’s start page contains analytics which can be disabled, as that page acknowledges (And the problem with the request shown is?)