[Foundation-l] Wikipedia tracks user behaviour via third party companies #2

Unionhawk unionhawk.sitemod at gmail.com
Fri Jun 5 18:21:26 UTC 2009

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Nathan wrote:
> I can understand your frustration, Peter, but perhaps hu.wp could also have
> taken a more collaborative approach. If you would like to use a method for
> collecting statistics that others will view as violating the privacy policy,
> or as presenting risks normally not considered throughout the rest of the
> Wikimedia community of projects, then you should propose your method for
> consideration prior to simply implementing it. As you note ("some steps
> taken (again)") this has happened before, so some consultation with the rest
> of the community before going out on a limb is advised.
> Others have since discussed more centralised and secure methods for
> providing these statistics via the WMF - this is the ideal outcome, and one
> that might have been achieved earlier had you proposed your method rather
> than simply going ahead alone.
> Nathan
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- From what I'm reading, the foundation already collects raw data
containing information collected by most normal websites (IP, I guess)
and such data can only be released under special circumstances.

External stats appear to violate the privacy policy, to me.
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