[wp-hackers] Revisiting phone home and privacy

Lynne Pope lynne.pope at gmail.com
Thu Dec 10 02:26:29 UTC 2009

2009/12/10 Doug Stewart <zamoose at gmail.com>

> On Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 7:20 PM, Lynne Pope <lynne.pope at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > It is not necessary to collect information about plugins and themes that
> > are
> > external to the repository. There is no valid reason for descriptions to
> be
> > collected. Each update query sends the IP address which is, itself, a
> > unique
> > identifier - associating the blog URL to the rest of the data is
> > unnecessary.
> >
> >
> I agree with most of your points except for this one. Shared hosts share
> IPs
> as well as hardware in many cases.
> Or, in my case, my multiple domains all share the same IP address, so you
> DO
> need to provide something a bit more specific than IP in order to ensure
> true uniqueness.

I agree IF a unique key is necessary in order to collect anonymous,
aggregated data. I'm not convinced it is.


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