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Missing the point: it's about privacy
Posted Aug 10, 2009 17:14 UTC (Mon) by jspaleta (subscriber, #50639)
It's also important to note that Mozilla is trying to figure out how to walk the line with regard to web services and data privacy.
The issue of data privacy and terms of service notification in a social desktop context where a diverse set of web services are going to be interacting to provide functionality is going to be a very hard and complex issue. And most likely a moot one unless the very small minority of people who really care about data privacy figure out a way to get the much larger majority of web services users to start taking notice.
Something like the use of a specialized search page is just the tip of the iceberg of what you could get upset about. There's really nothing stopping any website you contact or interact with from sharing (and selling) its website access logs including details about ip addresses.
Posted Aug 10, 2009 19:26 UTC (Mon) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
Posted Aug 10, 2009 19:39 UTC (Mon) by jspaleta (subscriber, #50639)
Posted Aug 10, 2009 21:19 UTC (Mon) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
they are not selling user data
Posted Aug 10, 2009 22:27 UTC (Mon) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
they are selling page impressions (advertising)
yes, the act of rendering the page tells the servers that are being queried what you are looking for, and your IP address because that's the way the Internet works (it may also send a cookie if you leave them enabled, which may let them correlate your queries more precisely than they could just with the IP). it's not clear at this point that your IP address can/should be considered private information.
selling access to your eyeballs is something _very_ different from gathering your personal info and selling that.
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