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From Kay Schenk <>
Subject Re: [PROPOSAL] Removing all tracking from AOO sites
Date Fri, 20 May 2016 21:36:56 GMT

On 05/20/2016 02:01 PM, Dennis E. Hamilton wrote:
> I don't want to get too fussy, but we are talking about different statistics here.  Comment
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Kay Schenk []
>> Sent: Friday, May 20, 2016 09:54
>> To:
>> Subject: Re: [PROPOSAL] Removing all tracking from AOO sites
>> On 05/20/2016 09:27 AM, Pedro Giffuni wrote:
>>> Guys, please ...
>>>> I just wanted to give a short update into my investigation of our
>> Google
>>>> Analytics usage.
>>>> ...
>>>> * There IS general individual usage collection in some reports but
>> the
>>>> "user" information is translated into something called a "client id"
>>>> -- so
>>>> not by IP.
>>> Let's just not be naive here. We are giving direct information about
>> our
>>> users to
>>> a company that has ample power to tie this information to specific
>> users
>>> and
>>> that already may own the content of your emails and navigation
>> history.
>>> Ever heard of Big Data? This information will be correlated along with
>>> the latest
>>> searches and will be sold for commercial value to other companies and
>>> will also
>>> likely be available to the governments of the world at request. For
>>> whatever
>>> Mr. Trump may find it useful is another matter.
>> I understand broadly what your concerns are. But really, in this day and
>> age, almost ANY website you visit has some sort of tracking mechanisnm
>> in place. Next time you "visit" anywhere, you might want to check this.
>>> Worst of all, we are not getting any value from this tracking ...
>> let's
>>> stop it now.
>> Well this last statement is NOT true. For the download page especially,
>> it is valuable because we can find out generally what OS the user is
>> using, complete with version information. I mean in a bulk sense.
> [orcmid]
> I get all of the download statistics I see from SourceForge.  That is based on the downloads
they serve and should have nothing to do with what we do on our web pages with regard to Google
Analytics, etc.
> Knowing the browser information, including default OS and language preference, is different
than knowing what download, if any, they are requesting.  I suspect SourceForge has that information
on the click-throughs to where they serve the requests, whether or not we provide tracking
on the AOO pages.

That is correct. So whatever is "collected" from the download page vis a 
vis browser, OS, OS version, etc, would be the same OS version info that 
would be available for collection by SourceForge. But, I don't know what 
SourceForge collects in this regard, if anything. What we see from that 
site is downloads based on filename. They may not be saving any of the 
client information.

Of course, the visits to do NOT 
automatically translate to an actual download.

>>> Pedro.
>> --
>> --------------------------------------------
>> MzK
>> "Time spent with cats is never wasted."
>>                      -- Sigmund Freud
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