[wp-hackers] Revisiting phone home and privacy

Ade Walker photofantaisie at gmail.com
Wed Dec 9 17:02:37 UTC 2009

Well said. Agree 100% with you.

2009/12/9 Doug Stewart <zamoose at gmail.com>

> On 12/9/09, Otto <otto at ottodestruct.com> wrote:
> > So, what is it, precisely, that you object to with the existing data
> > collection. What piece of information is being sent that you consider
> > to be private and would not want to send? No theoretical arguments,
> > please. You know the data being sent, it's been posted here.
> > Specifically which piece concerns you, exactly? Why?
> >
> Otto:
> I think the big thing folks are objecting to is lack of disclosure in
> the WP UI, documentation, installation process, etc.  Each WordPress
> install, unless properly configured, sends back information to the
> mothership, but I'd be surprised if >5% of WP users out there even
> knew that was the case.
> I guess the real question is: if there is a non-trivial amount of
> goodwill/positive PR to be gained for the WordPress project and/or
> Automattic by simply adding 1) intra-WordPress disclosure of these
> submissions and 2) a simple way to opt-out, then why not add said
> disclosure and opt-out mechanism.
> Last I checked, WordPress' source shipped with citations for the GPLv2
> but no disclosure as to information submitted.  At minimum, such a
> document should exist.
> You can couch the disclosure information in any way you see fit and
> remind/inform folks that, by allowing this information to wend its way
> to the .org's site, the community as a whole gains a greater insight
> into the ways WP is being used and deployed, thus allowing for future
> iterations of WP to better fit their needs and desires. *But at a
> minimum there needs to be a trivial mechanism for opting out.*
> --
> -Doug
> @zamoose
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