[kde-community] user stats for Neon

Kevin Krammer krammer at kde.org
Thu Apr 14 17:04:45 UTC 2016


On Thursday, 2016-04-14, 14:36:21, Jonathan Riddell wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 14, 2016 at 04:18:30PM +0200, Thomas Pfeiffer wrote:
> > Any potentially privacy-sensitive information transfer should be opt-in,
> > not opt-out.
> > I'd assume that the vast majority of users will allow it (given that it's
> > not personally identifiable and they trust their distro), but opt-in puts
> > you on the safe side.
> 
> What's privacy sensitive about it?  It's a machine ID but not linked
> to any other information other than IP address and there's no personal
> information we can link it to.

I am with Thomas.

While individually pieces of information aren't personal, they can be in 
combination.

In this case the combination of a unique machine ID and IP address together 
with geolocation would allows us to track movement of machines.

Movement profiles can often quite easily be used to identify the moving person.

There was a huge scandal in the US a couple of years back in which a telecom 
company released fully anonymized (random unique IDs) mobile phone location 
tracks.
Researchers who correlated positions with addresses were able to identify more 
than 80% of the telco customers with pretty good accuracy only shortly after.

Cheers,
Kevni

-- 
Kevin Krammer, KDE developer, xdg-utils developer
KDE user support, developer mentoring
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